Saturday, December 19, 2009

Children of Children




The ancient ones never dreamed that we would have the power to travel back through time and pass the sun as we glide slickly into another time zone.  They never dreamed that we would be powerful enough to turn rivers around and even to tame them, or with breathtaking greed, use them all up.  They never thought about how, like ants with ugly tools, we would remove entire mountain tops turning them to dust and toxic water, and then, in our guilt, try to rebuild them.

They never dreamed that our thoughts would follow electrical pathways in the air and invade the day of those we know, or like, or love, in the flick of a second without imparting any thing of importance.  They could never envision that we would be powerful enough to place electronic eyes everywhere and see from the mountains to the beaches to the bedrooms, all from the comfort of our throne. 

They never could imagine that we would make new 'better' versions of living things and parts of living things to suit our tastes, both physical and mental.  


They would have been aghast at the weapons of mass destruction with which we play so eagerly every day. 

They never knew that we would become the false gods sitting on the mountain in huge temples of artificial gold growing ever so fat and complacent as we proselytize about truth and justice.  They would be so frightened for us, their children, if they could have seen this future.  They would be even more surprised that being so powerful we naively fear the strangest of things, such as the arrangement of numbers on a calendar.  We are like mind-compromised children, fascinated by every little thing but learning nothing as we poke and pry and tear things apart.

17 comments:

  1. A wonderful post, Tabor. Very insightful.

    Man takes and takes and never gives back. In his greed he thinks only of today and never of future generations. Man fouls his own nest.

    Beautiful photo; was it taken in Sedona? It looks like the red rocks in that area.

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  2. A wonderful post, Tabor. Very insightful.

    Man takes and takes and never gives back. In his greed he thinks only of today and never of future generations. Man fouls his own nest.

    Beautiful photo; was it taken in Sedona? It looks like the red rocks in that area.

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  3. Tabor, like Darlene shared - A wonderful and though provoking post. Cold and windy in the woods here in Tennessee.

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  4. Darlene, that is a Sedona shot...one of my favorite places! Trouble is that it is being loved to death!

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  5. Oooh, what brought that one? Very deep and much truth in that, Tabor.

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  6. I agree that is a wonderful and very thought provoking post Tabor.

    Stopped me in my tracks and made me think.

    And feel.

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  7. As I said in one of my posts, tomorrow is the most secretive thing on earth. Now I wonder how worse things will be in the future.

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  8. Tomorrow is upon us. Great post, you are so insightful.

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  9. What a wonderful glimpse inside your mind. You are indeed insightful.

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  10. Great! Now I'M scared. LOL!

    Happy Birthday!

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  11. Very wise post, Tabor! Love also the Sedona picture.

    I wish you and yours a Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!
    A big hug to you.
    Um grande abraço para você.

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  12. That sure puts it in perspective, one that looks from outside the frog in liquid heating up to the point where it doesn't notice when it's about to be killed from it.

    Positively science fiction.

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  13. very thoughtful post...congratulations on the Smitten image POTW!!!

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  14. Wow. Your last line is so powerful. And thought provoking!

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  15. I really enjoyed that a great deal. I'm here via Hilary's blog. Congratulations on the Post of the Week :-)

    It's an interesting, and thought provoking contemplation, but I couldn't help but think of the various paintings on walls found all over the world...some seemingly depicting space travel. Or of the drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci. HG Wells writing much later...

    Maybe there were some who did imagine all along.

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  16. I found you from the Smitten Image, and so glad I came. I love what you wrote, and I recognize your photo from my many visits to the Sedona red rocks. Well done.

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  17. So true-an inspired post and worthy of your mention on Hilary's POTW.

    You have put, wonderfully into words, the thoughts that often give me nightmares.

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