We Know where we all live, don't we?

 

Perhaps not as well as we should!

I used to live a few miles from the coast. How lovely, we thought, when we were settling in. But we became busy in our own affairs and seldom ranged far. The only time we became aware of our coastline was when visitors came. THEY knew we were near the coast, and they wanted to see for themselves. Which was when we, too, were reminded.

We all inhabit Earth. And we mostly take her for granted.

 

We seldom value as we should, what we take for granted. We do not appreciate it. We grumble about it. We forget what life would be like without it.

Well: without Earth, there would be no life.

It has taken our culture many centuries to become aware of the true nature of home. There are now a few men and women who have seen Earth with their own eyes, in the way all sighted people can see Moon - but much more vividly. The experience has altered and enriched their lives. Our libraries are, in turn, enriched by their accounts. Images of their exploits reach us through the miracle of our television screens.

 

We need to reflect on what all these wonders mean. Are we now masters of Earth, able to exploit her riches at will? Should we, simply because we can? Where do we sit in the Biosphere, that frail green belt that girds our globe? What is our future, and on what does it depend?

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