I remember when i first came to Africa nearly thirty years ago there was a story going around that, if i am honest had me chuckling at the time.
I still chuckle about it, but for very different reasons.
The story, which was apparently true goes as follows.
A family in Zimbabwe, then Rhodesia, were given a new house to live in, their first proper house by all accounts. The adults in the family were very poor with no formal education to speak of.
Winter came soon after they all moved in. It was a cold winter and by the middle of it the family were so cold that they started to use the wooden doors and window frames as firewood to warm themselves by lighting a fire inside one of the rooms.
That in essence was the story. It was basically told as a “racist” story, a joke. The stupidity of the occupants being the butt of the joke.
They had a perfectly good house to make their home in, one that would keep them sheltered and dry and they then trash it to keep themselves warm in the short term. It would seem that no thought was given by them to the consequences of their actions barring the notion that they survived the moment and lived to realise the consequences later.
The point of bringing the story up is that now today i cannot help but think that what that family did was in fact a mirror image microcosm of what the industrialised world has been doing for a couple of hundred years since the industrial revolution.
We have been ravaging the planet for fuels and materials at a completely unsustainable pace. It is nothing less than rape and pillage of our worlds’ resources.
In the last century or so we have pushed hundreds, if not thousands of plants, insects and animals into total extinction.
What is the difference i wonder?
Not much at all i would say.
Except that the industrialised world has acted, and continues to act, out of greed and largely hidden power agendas.
What a circus we live and perform in. Who is the joke really on?
As a footnote i thought i would add the following thought.
Lightening strikes the earth approximately 100 times every single minute of every single day somewhere in the world.
Millions of wattage of electricity. Is anyone working on harvesting this power?
Just imagine what the results would be if this ‘harvesting’ could be achieved!!!
One thing is for sure, if it can be achieved, and i somehow suspect it is achievable, the world from then on would most definitely look back on us today as uncivilised savages, who, in the curve of time are barely out of the crèche at this point.