The Bench Essay
The Bench Essay
It was whilst I was sitting on a bench that a wise man once told me that “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but a thread within it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves. All things are bound together-all things connect” ~ Chief Seattle
We continued to sit together and look upon the industrious city. I noticed the city inhaling the traffic at dawn and exhale it at dusk. While watching this process I began to see the same routines day after day.
I saw moms running into schools to drop their kids off whilst their car exhausts pump out intoxicating fumes. I saw workers bringing in cut down trees to manufacture merchandise for millions.
The routines of mankind have devastating affects on nature! As I looked upon the trees, I could see them choking on the thick fumes that came from the city. Clutter and trash suffocated their trunks as they began to weep for their kinsfolk that were taken away. The wise man reminded me that “Trees give us the breath of life, without them we would not be here, we would not have fruit and there would be a missing link in the circle of life”
Then we looked to our right toward the sea and rivers. I could see how the creatures in the water were struggling to survive as their movements became a battle and soon the tide was the only element moving them around. Their numbers started to decrease as their tiny poisoned bodies began to wash up on the shore. The seagulls innocently indulged on their toxic remains as the remainder of the fish were getting trawled by fisherman.
We saw the poisoned seagulls fly away back to their nests where their pure white eggs lay. The days went by and the seagulls began to disappear. Their eggs were left unattended and unwatched. The poisoned seagulls had been eaten by the beasts. We soon came to realise that those beasts were the same that are taken to the butchers that give us the food we need on our plates.
The wise man then said “When the well dries, we know the worth of water” ~ Benjamin Franklin I realised that we will also only realise the worth of the environment when it is too late. Soon mankind will suffer the consequences of their actions. We will see major climate changes; we will witness the crying faces of our starving children and hear the groans of our neighbours as a result from our damaged environment.
There will be no rich and no poor. We will gaze upon cloned disintegrating houses and only then will we think “What have we done?” “If we exploit nature, the more our options are reduced until we have only one: to fight for survival” ~ Morris.K
As we sat on the bench looking at the works of our fellow man we realised that we have exploited nature for too long and soon it will be too late. We sat on the bench quietly before he left me, he quoted these words “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” ~ M.Gandi