Picture 4 – During class
What though truly left me speechless were the words of one of our teachers when he mentioned the word NATURE and insisted on how this term, should be banned from all dictionaries! How is it possible to distinguish ourselves from the rest ecosystem, and as humans, function arbitrarily and unconsciously, supposing that our actions have no consequences to the systems that surround us? Aren’t we also a part of that NATURE that we insist seeing as something alien and which is distantly located outside our back door, our neighborhood or city? It is alarming therefore to realize with how much ease we construct multi-storage metal skyscrapers, without ever considering how that action would affect all the organisms and ecosystems in the area. Or perhaps ponder on any electronic device we buy today, which is laboriously packed in an insane amount of plastic bags, and which packaging of course will wastefully end up to landfills.
Today, more than ever, we need to pause before we act and reconsider the consequences of even our smallest step. Our next move should not merely be determined by our financial aspirations and greediness for sovereignty. It only takes a moment to realize how, for millions of years now, all of our surroundings have learnt to live in co-existence and collaboration. Then we, the “superior” beings, arrive in vein and arrogance, these last hundreds of years, and assume we are able to function beyond these well-structured balances, without causing any serious consequences to our surrounding ecosystems.