Thursday, May 31, 2007

Reflections on a burgeoning cultural trend

I was watching the news tonight, and realized that wow—green is mainstream. Take Going Green, NBC 4's eco-friendly (nightly, I think) news segment (while you're there check out the related blog, The Green Room…it's actually very well done). Astounding. When did it become cool to be environmentally conscious? Don't get me wrong—the more the merrier—it just seems like I'm witnessing some sort of a cultural awareness setting in. An awareness that no city (or person, or creature, for that matter) is an island, and that everyone is a part of the—okay, I know it's really cliché, but I blame that on Disney—circle of life.

"This we know — the Earth does not belong to man — man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.

Whatever befalls the Earth — befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life — he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

Beatiful, very true words. Although they are very widely attributed to Chief Seattle, that speech was actually written in 1971 by screenwriter Ted Perry. (Thank you Snopes!) Are your illusions shattered? I hope not. Because that doesn't make the words any less true. And no, that's not my photograph, that's a Morgue File special.

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