Monday, June 09, 2008

Caribbean Monk Seal - R.I.P.

The Caribbean Monk Seal

Yeah, that's right. Our race has wiped off another beautiful animal off the planet. They were killed for their blubber.

I can't tell you how sad I felt when I read this in the papers yesterday. A horrible helpless sadness.

How long will we humans live like the world was meant for only our "consumption"? How long will continue to systematically destroy our planet while we spend our lives lusting after more of everything?

Some day, all our indulgences are going to come back and bite us so hard in the ass that we will regret every little one of them. And it'll be too late.

I guess it's a cycle. We're (I include myself here) too stupid to understand how our lives and our lifestyles will destroy us.

Private jets, highly fuel-inefficient Hummers, food wastage, smoking, our hour-long drives to work in private transport, all our greed... it's all going to come back.

I'm not even sure we can reverse the damage we've done. I don't know. The least we can do, nay, must do, is to live as eco-friendly as possible. Because one day, the Caribbean Monk Seal's fate will be our own. The saddest part—we'd have "hunted" ourselves down.

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P.S. The Hawaiian and Mediterranean Monk Seals are also at a high risk of extinction. If nothing else, pray for them.


Mee said...

Ajeya I dont mean to sound disagreeable here but am in Benares right now and I see motor boats in the Ganges with white passengers. While we are in a hand rowing boat - why? To avoid polluting it any further!

This whole global warming is thanks to the western world and who is paying the price for it/ Developing nation like ours!

So yes smtimes it hurts that we have to be careful abt the same things those westerners plunged and looted, without thinking!

Ajeya said...

mee... you're right in that we are, in some ways, paying for the profligacy of the west, but the only way to solve/mitigate the problem would be for everyone, west or east, to rethink their lives and their lifestyles, think about a way in which we can live in harmony with nature. i think that's the key.
P.S. You're most welcome to disagree on anything. It's a free world! :)

Mee said...

Yep no disagreement thr ur highness!:)