As the most evolved species on the planet, we – as humans- oftentimes inflict the most damage and leave a swath of damage in our wakes! The more primitive indigenous cultures sometime seem to be the true evolved ones, as their simple lifestyles allow them to monitor Mother Nature’s pulse. When something is out of balance, they are often astute enough to connect it back to a particular event. (An easy example would be, “That flying machine soared over the fields, and days later the grasses turned yellow and died… later the people began getting sick with mystery illnesses we’ve never known…”)
Rarely do the Indians attempt to strong arm Mother Nature; they respect and live in harmony with her. In contrast, we – the ‘evolved’ – use our brains and technology and modern equipment to literally move mountains at times! Society progresses and sometimes later realize that we’ve upset Nature’s balance.
Growing up along the Mississippi River, I’ve witnessed firsthand the effects of trying to control the waterways via levee system; John Barry’s Rising Tide – The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 should be a must-read for anyone who works in flood control/water management industry! He tells the history of the the Mississippi River, the great floods, and how everything done to control that grand Father of Waters seemed to backfire. When one learns those lessons and then sees those same mistakes repeated elsewhere – oh, it’s like watching someone being sucked into a whirlpool.
When the local authorities strong armed the stretch of mangroves just downriver from my house, I chuckled when Mother Nature bit back and attempted to swallow the excavator. Had she waited until high tide, she might have been successful in destroying that big orange machine! Can we really blame her for biting the monster that ate those mangroves? Continue reading