Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Several years ago, I read a comment by a fellow who was outraged about what the land developers were doing to the land in his region. He had watched the trees fall and had seen a dozen creeks and mountain streams turn to sludge. At one point, he noted that except for human carnage, there was no difference in war and progress. Both razed buildings, tore bloody wounds in the earth and displaced communities. However, if you are prompted to define progress as a kind of "bloodless war," that is incorrect. The casualties of progress are just as excessive...but they occur quietly and slowly. Fish die, birds migrate and families are displaced. The total "body count" will not be completed for decades.