Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Moths and Environmental Destruction

Quite a bit after midnight, this ungainly biped was absently scratching the rumbly tummy and wandering out of a room in search of a snack when it almost accidentally ground to dust a large Lyssa zampa that was sitting (not very intelligently) just outside the door of the room.

Chinese superstition has it that these moths are the spirits of ancestors and loved ones saying goodbye before they return to Hell, probably because the annual emergence of the Lyssa zampa somewhat coincides with the annual Hungry Ghost Festival Month.

The less amateurish theorise that drops in predator population have led to increased numbers of the moths and the monsoon season, to the moth visitation of urban areas (a bit waffley if you ask me...might as well just blame deforestation as usual).

Of course the long and bitterly-held accusation that environmentalists have against industrialists is that they are in the process of obliterating the life-sustaining earth, having already severely disrupted the fragile ecosystems of the world. Less waste, less pollution, less desecration, go back to the organic and natural and all will be well.

Not so. It is not often remembered that destruction of the environment by humans did not start only in the last few centuries since the Industrial Revolution. It started right at the beginning with the first man and woman, Adam and Eve.

When Adam and Eve attempted to usurp God, their relationship with God was torn assunder and so too their relationship with the rest of nature. By falling from the perfect relationship with their Creator, they caused the rest of creation to fall with them as well, so now beautifully symmetrical Lyssa zampas die far from their lush jungles, surrounded by cold concrete, and are swept up angrily by people who think their existence a complete nuisance.

Less waste, less pollution and less deforestation are not the perfect answers. But God's environmental rescue plan is.

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