It is incredibly arrogant of humanity to think that we are the masters of nature. Anyone who holds such a view hasn’t spent much time communing with her. Plants and animals existed before humanity and continue long after mighty civilizations crumble.
This truth struck me as I explored the ancient Angkor ruins in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Today Cambodia is a third world country, but once it was a powerful empire whose influence stretched across Southeast Asia as far as Indonesia and the Philippines. Angkor was the center of the regional universe and the epitome of elegance and civilization.
This is Angkor now:
Think of the Colosseum. The Great Wall. Machu Picchu. Where are these civilizations now? Dust to dust. They are no more and their accomplishments have been subjected to nature’s might.
It seems to me that we ought to treat nature with a bit more respect. Our “modern” agriculture practices strip the land of vital nutrients and crucial microbes. We take and take, giving little in return. Nature offers us her bounty and we strip her bare with little thought to future impact of our actions. If we continue to abuse her, we will lose. In the end, she will stand victorious. She always does.