Friday, March 19, 2010

The future

It's often said that humans are in denial about what is happening to the planet, but I think that is not quite true. I think we have always known, on some subterranean level, that we could not survive as a species were we to keep hurtling on as we have been, recklessly, heedlessly. This buried seed of collective knowledge is our common heritage. Sometimes I imagine a future centuries from now, when the tall trees are gone, the sky vacant of birds, and the sea emptied of its great schools of fish; there will be a remnant of humanity left, and those lonely ones will whisper, Ah, that was the beautiful world.

4 comments:

Querulous Squirrel said...

It will be so hard to imagine. It will be spoken of like we speak of Heaven. People who speak of it will be called dreamers and fools.

Tai said...

Yes, that's exactly how I picture it.

Anonymous said...

I have to be more optimistic. Just this weekend at Point Lobos, the docent pointed to the spot where a whaling factory, abalone cannery, and village once stood. The forest has taken it all back, and one wouldn't even know these places had existed, but for a few fades black and white photographs. That's the future I prefer.

Tai said...

That's the future I prefer, too, Anon. And I love the image of the forest taking over the whaling factory; I'll try to keep my mind's eye on that.