Tuesday, April 28

From Pigs to Swines

It is an odd sentiment of humans that they often see themselves as a separate entity of the global ecological community. The world is not made like this. Animals, plants and humans live together, they are interconnected.
I will kill ants with a swift punch of my index finger if they dare to come too close to my desk. Honey bees I catch with bare hands and escort them gently out of my studio. Animals who disturb my vegetable garden, I shoot them at blank point; flowers that grow on my lawn, I don't cut grass there and leave those plants to strive. My philosophy is to keep a kind of balance.
When God tossed Adam and Eve out of Paradise, He involuntarily (or voluntarily) gave them the power to destine their future in regards of "life and death". This resulted in this form of "freedom" we now enjoy today...
This freedom is a subtle thing, and this by all means doesn't make us instantly superior to the rest of the living creatures on this globe. We are all co-dependent. As a matter of fact, since we enjoy all this "power" and "freedom", the responsibilities did increase.
The Avian Flue, the Nile Virus, the Mad Cow disease and now the Swine Flue are just responses and products of our own failures. We presently stopped to comprehend and act responsibly in accordance with the laws embedded in nature, all those creations and creatures who are part of our well being in this world.
Does it really surprise you that disease spreads the globe?

11 comments:

Aggie said...

No, it doesn't surprise me. Humans will reap the consequences of their actions in plundering the world for gain, instead of all working together to preserve the balance of nature and our place in it. The sad thing is that we have destroyed so must of it for the other creatures who have every right to dwell here, including swine.

Zee said...

AggieSwines are us...

Cym said...

"Animals who disturb my vegetable garden, I shoot them at blank point"

Very harsh, Zee. Do you really do that? Or are you just exaggerating for dramatic effect?

I mean you can do whatever you want, but why be so destructive, their just trying to survive like everyone else? Seriously. As an alternative, there must be a way to outsmart them, without resorting to trigger happy violence?

Zee said...

CymI forever was a drama queen.
But then, there is always a kernel of truth in what I say. If a woodchuck or a army of rats attack my spinach, I would shoot them without hesitance. As for the bees (a dying species) I emote a lot of passion.
But that was not what my post was all about...

Zee said...

...and by the way, Cym, in twenty years I only shot one woodchuck - and that was before I had a dog:)

The Rambling Taoist said...

What actually surprises me is that there aren't more frequent pandemics. Me thinks our dalliance in genetically modified organisms will one day return to bite us on the butt big time.

gfid said...

the north american media is hyping this big time. it's 'developing countries' with poor nutrition and no health care, that are the ones at greatest risk. but are we north american princesses doing anything to help THEM?

Gary said...

If pigs could speak English, I'm sure they'd call it Human Flu. Maybe even SHF (stupid human flu).

Seraphine said...

i cringe when i see someone leave the toilet without washing her hands.

susan said...

Here in the US we are completely unprepared for any pandemic. Not only do we have far too many people without regular health care, the hospitals couldn't cope in any case. I think the media has been vastly overreacting to the SHF (as Gary called it) but so long as we live in an uncaring, unfair to all but wealthy humans environment, we are screwed. Good post.

Zee said...

Haha, Gary - good one!

What about "him", Seraphine?

You might be right, Susan. But there is one advantage the US has compared to lets say Europe, India or Japan: Space! Except for the large cities, the US population is living in a less dense situation ... that might help???