NOVEMBER 25, 2010 11:11AM
Reflecting on Our Shared Good Fortune
“...On an island as small as Easter, it was easy to see the effects of the deforestation as it was taking place. But the inhabitants continued their destructive actions. They probably prayed to their gods to replenish the land so they could continue to rape it, but the gods didn't answer. And still the trees came down. Whatever one did to alter that ecosystem, the results were reasonably predictable. One could stand on the summit and see almost every point on the island. The person who felled the last tree could see that it was the last tree. Nonetheless, he (or she) still felled it.”
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The excerpt from mysteriousplaces.com, quoted here under a theory of fair use, is borrowed from a larger work, Easter Island, that is Copyright © 1995-2005 by Cliff Wassmann, and that I recommend visiting to enjoy in full. Images of Easter Island and Island Earth are NASA photos in the public domain, obtained courtesy of Wikimedia. The two haikus (or senryus, if you prefer) are my original work, Copyright © 2010 by Kent M. Pitman, All Rights Reserved.