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So? [Oct. 17th, 2008|10:57 am]
Tony Grist
Tokyo drops through the floor. New York is on the up. As I've remarked before, no-one knows anything.

Shouldn't we be glad we're being forced to stop consuming so much? Isn't recession good for the planet? Won't we be putting less crap into the environment?

Of course when I say "good for the planet", what I really mean is "good for our future on the planet." The planet isn't bothered whether our civilization survives or not. It's all about us. 

It takes a hell of a lot to kill a planet. I read somewhere that we couldn't do it if we tried. We could let off all our nuclear weaponry at once and the planet would sail on, largely unfazed.

There was a show on TV a month or two back which showed what would happen if the human race disappeared tomorrow. Basically the green stuff would take over. In something like 500 years (time doesn't matter when there's no-one watching the clock) New York would be a wood with a river running through it. Every other city would be much the same.

You'd have to look hard for evidence we were ever here. The human construction that would last the longest is the Mount Rushmore memorial- because, after all, it is a mountain.

But even mountains go down eventually. Once upon a time there were mountains across the South of England higher than the Alps. All that's left of them are the rolling Downs. 

[User Picture]From: daisytells
2008-10-17 05:20 pm (UTC)
In the White Mountains of New Hampshire there was a natural structure called "The Old Man of the Mountains". immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his story "The Great Stone Face." It had been a spot to visit for at least as long as white men and women inhabited New England, and the natives also knew of it before that. Less than ten years ago, the craggy old face finished its long term wind beaten crumbling and fell without ceremony toward the lake below which was appropriately named "Profile Lake".
Yes, it is true: "...even mountains go down eventually."
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-10-17 05:40 pm (UTC)
That's sad. But it happens to us all.:)

I've just been to look at pictures on online. It was mighty impressive while it lasted.

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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2008-10-18 02:12 am (UTC)
Yes, it was....We used to go up to Franconia Notch on some of our climbing and camping expeditions, and often stopped by Profile Lake for a swim and a glance at the Old Man....
Yep, even Mount Rushmore will one day lose its man-made "great stone faces".
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