Shangri-La: An imaginary paradise on earth; utopia. Likened to the biblical Garden of Eden, an earthly paradise where nature’s bounty reigns supreme. A fictional place from the mind of author James Hilton, yet Shangri-La may have at one time truly existed. For a short period in our planet’s existence, mankind lived in harmony with nature. Back when, as early hunters and gatherers, mother nature’s kingdom grew wild and free. Bountiful and fruitful, her pristine grandeur, yet untouched by the destructive hand of evolution’s new creation. Early man! Nature’s seed of self-destruction. And Shangri-La, the first to go.
The Parasites of Shangri-La
As a species, we are living a lie. We were born to roam. To hunt and gather and reap the bounties of sustenance that our natural world provided. To live our lives outdoors, in nature, with nature and among natures kind. Taking only that what we need to survive and trusting mother earth to replenish it.
Once upon a time, we had all that we would need! The trees bore fruit, the waters ran clean and the animals to slaughter aplenty. Their hides warmed our backs, their meat sated our hunger and grew our children strong. The trees provided shade and shelter and fueled our fires, keeping the night’s predators at bay.
The day’s sun shone warm and bright, and the dark night’s sky a panorama of wonder. A dome of twinkling lights, too numerous to be counted.
We found medicines among the vastness of flora, fish and sea-creatures to trap and spear on our shorelines and eggs rich in protein, from unattended nests. Berries and mushrooms, seeds and nuts, plants and grasses, a bounty of nature’s nutrition; blessing’s from mother earth.
We grew strong, lean and athletic, as our active lifestyle demanded. As our very survival insisted. Running with the beasts we hunted and from the beasts that hunted us. We were travelers, roaming far and wide, in search of food, water and shelter. Becoming great explorers, in the process.
Curious by nature, we became adventurer’s of discovery.
We were Early Mankind! Nomadic hunters and gatherers, evolved from the branching of the tree of life. Perfectly adapted to the environment we were born of, to the air we were breathing, to the land we walked upon and to the waters from whence we originally came.
The air was clean, the land rich of milk and honey and the waters pure and bountiful with life.
Once upon a time within a brief span of human existence, a comparable Shangri-La existed. A virtual Garden of Eden, a paradise, yet untouched by the destructive nature of humankind. A time, when Mother Nature provided all that was needed. Yet in the end — Mankind wanted more!
Early man did not morph into a beautiful butterfly, fluttering lightly on the wind. Existing in harmony with nature, taking only what is needed to survive.
No… we all know how we turned out in the end.
And Butterflies we are not!
So, we were once nomads, hunters and gatherers living in a historical time of natures bounty. Yet, were we even then sowing the early seeds of our destructive human nature?
Were we already then, as we are today?
Prone to jealousies, greed and envy. Fearful of others, not like us, not of our clan. And did this in turn lead us to violence? Was Early Man a savage killing beast — including those of his own kind?
Theories say yes, theories say no, with evidence to support any firm conclusions hard to come by. After all, it happened so long ago. Making matters worse, the few fossil records of that time what do exist, are victims themselves of human nature. Prone to human ego and biased interpretation.
Yet, human nature’s propensity for violence, for greed of power and control, started somewhere? Surely we carried some of these traits over from our primitive evolutionary ancestors. Wild beasts in their own right. Making our nomadic ancestors, already inherently infused with negative human traits.
But all of them? Our violent tendencies, our greed, our selfishness, our innate desire for control and dominance — All planted early in our evolution? And if so, why have we evolved today, retaining these once primitive ugly traits of early survival?
Human history exposes the potential of our evil hearts. The dark side of human nature.
“I have experienced real horror. I have known true evil. Its name is human nature.” — James Newman
THE DESTRUCTION OF SHANGRI-LA
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” — Mohandas Ghandhi
Today, mankind does not go lightly on the wind, nor tread gently upon the land. Our footprint is neither minuscule nor unobtrusive. We have not emerged as butterflies but as parasites, taking from host Mother Earth, and giving nothing in return. Slowly destroying the very things that sustain us. Leaving a poisonous trail of destruction, wherever we go.
Yet, horrors upon horrors, the worst part to come! For you see, we know that of what we are doing. As the most intelligent species on this planet, we are very aware of our destructive environment behavior. And too, the dire consequences it foretells! Yet still, mankind’s defilement of nature continues.
Selfishly trading greed — for environment sustainability.
Surely then, we must be mad? Left to her own devices, Mother Nature replenishes what is taken, heals her own wounds and in time, cleanses that, which needs cleansing. But mankind’s propensity for selfishness and greed of the all mighty dollar is relentless and unending. Leaving Mother Earth, with no time to heal.
“The control man has secured over nature has far outrun the control over himself.” — Ernest Jones
At first, mother nature weeps in sorrow over the far-reaching impurities mankind has brought upon her. — Poisoning her air, her waters, and raping her land.
As her defilement continues unabated, she lashes out in reaction; her tears raising the oceans — her anger heating the land. She unleashes drowning downpours and hurricane winds, trying desperately to cleanse herself of mankind’s evil doings.
Still man presses on, his greed overpowering, his concern weak and indifferent.
Now, with Shangri-La all but a whispered rumor long forgotten…
Mankind bends its task to bigger things.
The contamination of the global environment … and perhaps man himself, as a species!
“The worst nightmare is the nightmare that continues, even when you wake!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
The Parasites of Shangri-La
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