I must admit that I find it ever so difficult
to write about ecology or even just to think of it this week.
I always write my column the week before
it is published, so there is time for the editor to correct
my English grammar and cut off most of my political sarcasm
and bitterness. According to him, everything has to be said
politically correctly. (Gary is right, but I wish the politicians
themselves were and would also act in "politically correct"
I'm writing this just a few hours after
the wild terrorist attack on the USA. In fact, it took me
three days to write as far as here, and I'm still trying to
get myself back inside my own skin, if I can find it first.
So I hope that you can also understand how
childish and senseless I feel, under the present circumstances,
writing and trying to gain some sympathy and respect for a
certain flower or bird, little fish or a "bush"
of seaweed, trying to keep a smile on my face and dreaming
of sharing a better world.
The environment doesn't seem to be in the
mood for it. What do you think?
Sorrow! Sorrow for all the victims. Sorrow
for the future victims. Sorrow for the future criminal hands.
Is this the reason to grow so much and so
To develop such a big amount of energy and
power, to turn it against ourselves? Against nature and the
Is this the progress that our leaders want
us to reach and then lead us against it?
Is this the way they lead their diplomacy?
How to influence people and make friends?
I do not understand. And I do not know anybody
Meanwhile, the sun keeps rising from the
East every twenty-four hours, so we have reached the end of
the summer, coming into autumn. We'll move slowly in to land,
to discover a little bit more of the Island's ecology and
nature and we want to share it all with you.
Let's hope that this time, all politicians
are humanely inspired and "politically correct"
so that as little damage as possible is done. Even so, I would
like to end this week repeating what Woody Allen said in one
of his films. "Please, don't shoot me, my doctor says
that bullets can seriously damage my health."
Can I take them to court, like "Phillip
Morris"? If it happens will I survive?
José P Ribas