I know it sounds like it, but this is not a post about ‘little people’ – I promise.
Instead, I wanted to share the stark reminder I got last week of how much like tiny dots we are when faced with the majesty of Nature – and the world at large. As countries become more globally interlinked, and we enjoy more freedom of travel and movement, it doesn’t always feel that way.
But last week, when I visited Cloudland Canyon, I felt it.
Of all the trails I’ve hiked, this was the one time I felt like my life was truly in danger, and I enjoyed every moment of it. It reminded me of just how much power Nature wields over our everyday lives, whether we acknowledge it or not.
When I got home, and I got the chance to go over all the amazing pictures I had taken, it further impressed upon me just how much we are like tiny dots trampling through the canyon – juxtaposed against a mighty waterfall, and a roaring river stampeding under the bridge.
So this morning when I woke up and saw #OregonUnderAttack trending on Twitter, it really upset me. There I was, gearing up to write about how small one feels in the all-encompassing arms of Mother Nature, and there were people in Oregon burning over a hundred acres of forestry, and then backing the decision with guns in a
To be fair, the burning was done more than a decade ago, but the father and son who set the fire have been resentenced to additional jail time in federal prison. Many people believe this is a matter of American rights and upholding the constitution. Americans apparently have a right to set fires to public land, and bear arms at a protest.
But what peaceful protest requires guns?
Or is carried out by a ‘militia’? They’re not protesting the right to open carry, so why open carry during the protest? That’s like sending Obama to negotiate with Putin, and putting a nuclear bomb in his carry-on, just in case. What good would come from that?
While I do understand the American right to use public land, I believe the Bundy family has forgotten that it is public land – not “BundyLand”. Other people have a right to use it, too, and not everyone would agree to using it to burn down everything in sight – killing plants and animals, alike.
What about the interests of other Americans in Oregon who believe in conservation efforts?
Quite a few Americans would rather burn down farms than forestry, if it really came down to it. I would. What’s one farm owned by one family to 130 acres, which is home to several thousand animals and plants, and a recreational ground for thousands of people? What gives the Bundy family the right to destroy wildlife for their own personal gain?
So while millions of Americans continue to debate the rights of the Bundy family, we want to know who’s representing the rights of the other families in the neighbourhood? And more importantly – who represents the right of wildlife to live safe from intentional harm, like the rest of us?
Always remember this simple fact:
If every human went up in flames tomorrow, we would be doing Mother Nature a huge favour – and the world would keep turning without us. Species would thrive, pollution would subside, and life would go on like we never existed. But if we burn all of Mother Nature’s assets to the ground, not one of us would live to tell the tale.
I hope you guys all had a Happy New Years’ night. May all your resolutions come true!