When I watch a sunrise
Or the occasional moonrise
I sometimes wonder if the earth is a better place without us.
I’m not trying to be a tree hugger (nothing wrong with being one).
I am simply trying to ask a bigger question —
Is the earth a planet that belongs to our species, to use and exploit, and, when exhausted, move on and colonize Mars and other planets?
Or are we part of nature, homo sapiens another species on earth, another passenger on this planet?
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
This has been quoted through the centuries, including the French Revolution, the US Supreme Court, Winston Churchill, the Holy Bible, and yes, Spider Man movies.
That our species is preeminent confers it great opportunity, to shape the earth for its purpose, and enjoy its gifts.
Photos from top: Sunrise at Mt Fuji, Moonrise over Laguna province in the Philippines, Todai-ji at Nara in Japan, Ho Chi Minh International Airport, Sunrise in Laguna province in the Philippines