The Parasites of Shangri-La

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


“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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16 thoughts on “The Parasites of Shangri-La

  1. Despite your dark outlook, admittedly not unwarranted, I hope you’ll get infected with a dose of optimism, as I feel there are still those who are able to give the rest of us hope. With fond best wishes, stay well.

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  2. Well, if you’re talking nuclear war, multi-millions of people and animals would die and the nuclear winter would destroy all food supplies for at least 10 years, but after a hell of a long time, life in various forms would return, and if the planet has to start all over again with microscopic organisms as it did 4-billion years ago, then it will… and if you think I know what I’m talking about, I’ll buy you a bottle of Jack Daniels.

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  3. Mr Wayne I couldn’t agree with you more. We had a perfect world and failed to control our envy and greed. For instance gold. Worth so much in today’s world. That worth was established by man’s greed and envy. Without those two elements gold would be worthless.
    Well thought out and written. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Well done!!!

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    1. Thanks Wayne. Nature has been a big part of my life as it has for you as well. It makes me sick to think we are slowly destroying it, simply for the greed of the all-mighty dollar. How foolish can we be!

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  4. Hi Wayne, how are you?
    I took one course in college that covered Gaia Theory. There was one aspect that said that we don’t need to worry about earth, we should worry about ourselves. Cause earth knows how to heal and if it decided to do so, then we need to figure out how mankind will survive. So, better we worry what will we do?

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    1. Well hello Divya, always nice to hear from you. I wasn’t up on Gaia hypothesis so I had a quick read. Interesting theory I must say. And I suppose I agree to some extent that (as stated in my post) given time, nature heals herself most efficiently.

      Like when the hole in the ozone layer was dangerously getting larger because of human use of CFC’s. Once we banned the use of this chemical — Mother nature slowly started to heal. But this time, we are not banning toxic polluting chemicals, in fact they have been steadily increasing non-stop for 100’s of years. We are not giving mother earth any time to heal herself.

      So, your right, we better start worrying about surviving in this mess we’ve created for ourselves because it seems we are too stupid, or too greedy to stop it from happening. Even though we know how! Take care Divya!

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      1. Wow. It’s a very powerful thought. To understand that from being part of the system we have become parasites may be too much for most of humanity in today’s world. With so much technology brilliantly designed to constantly keep us oscillating between extreme perceptions and beliefs, it’s hard to find our way back to reality.

        When i read the story, i also thought about the idea of “Who are we really saving? Earth or the part of the earth that supports us as a species?”. If i look at the apocalyptic future, the worst case scenario, everything we fear coming true, the one species that will most likely go, will be us. We might take a few other species with us, but the planet itself; i doubt if it will even pause for a moment to mourn our loss. It will go on, evolving perhaps more sensible species that can sustain themselves.

        Here’s where i have a more radical viewpoint (it’s my current state of mind, might change). Healing is a term we can use when there is normal that is established, there is a deviation from it and a process to get back to it. With the earth at its level of cosmic complexity, there is perhaps no “normal” at the planetary level or cosmic timeline, and everything is just a change to the next thing. Better or worse is just a judgement from us, with us at its center most of the time. Perhaps what nature is doing is healing us, by covering the abyss that we keep creating for ourselves, in the habitat that has been gifted to us to keep our species alive. So far she’s cleaning up after us.

        So what it feels like is that we are parasites destroying the Shangri-La that was given to us as a small part of this planet and its resources. We can destroy our Shangri-La and nature will continue to provide many other species with their own Shangri-La. What we don’t realize is that we are so insignificant to the planet and so frail that the planet will not go beyond a certain level to correct our mistakes. At some point, it will just wipe the slate clean and move on. And we quickly growing to that point of no return with her.

        So the faster we realize the scale of our own mortality as a species, the earlier we stop pissing off the planet and probably get back into her good graces. Perhaps turn from parasites to symbiots.

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        1. Hey K1! Thanks for the insights, opinions and perspectives. The sharing of these, in my mind, what blogging is all about.

          So yes, I agree that Earth will likely survive mankind’s destructive influence on the environment. Even, that if mankind as a species doesn’t survive, new forms of life may eventually evolve from the ashes. That is of course, if our ozone layer remains intact, or a runaway greenhouse effect doesn’t scorch the planet uninhabitable as hypothesized with Venus. Or other, perhaps many other, possible scenarios.

          I also agree that our current, human-friendly climate conditions, are but an illusion in timescale, and non-sustainable as our ever climate-changing Earth’s history clearly shows. Yet how foolish of mankind to artificially induce these changes and on an increasingly rapid scale? And to continue to do so while knowing full well the dire consequences.

          So yes, our planet was here long before we were and most-likely will exist in some form after we’re gone. Whether life-sustainability remains, is anyone’s educated guess. Yet as my post was related to human survival, a mute point if as a species we ourselves do not survive. Point being, that billions of species on this planet have long gone extinct before us. If, before we colonize on other planets, our species does too — whether by the natural timescale cycles of earth’s existence, or by our own hand — will no-longer matter! Mankind will not be around to note the difference.

          Thanks for sharing “k1words.” Swapping perspectives keeps the juices flowing. Be well! Be safe!

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      1. Yes we’re all in this together! We all have a responsibility in our global environment, in our planets health, and in the safeguard of our finely-tuned ecosystem that ensures our survival as a species. Until when, or if, mankind can colonize on other planets, the bed we make here on earth, is the one we must lie in. — Thanks SoundEagle!

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