A lesson in the falls
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 15:03
One North American wonder, shared by two nations blessed from birth with a wealth of environmental diversity and beauty, is the conglomeration of the Niagara Falls. Upon a recent journey to this great landmark, I relished in the abundance of natural radiance and therapeutic qualities exerted by the gushing waters.
This place has long been a treasure for many, whether for euphoric adventure or simple serenity, it is a roaring epitome of nature's possibilities and pleasures. Beyond these superfluous observations, we must acknowledge the history behind the falls. It came from a climatic extremity, carved from the heavy glaciations of the last ice age. From this, a lesson can be taken. The past leaves its mark, the world as we know it came from the world as we remember it and from periods of change far beyond the recollection of our species.
When we join in this system as a pivotal catalyst, we must remember that our actions will not soon be forgotten or fixed. Generations to come will see the work of today's inhabitants and wonder.
Do we want works renowned for beauty, or will devastation lie in our wake? Don't ever take for granted the impact of your contributions; you are part of a system in flux. We now find ourselves molding this natural flux, and we must decide what we want -- a memory or a renaissance.
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