Honor Nature in Taroko, Taiwan
Away from the hustle and bustle of Taiwan's Taipei City, I found absolute tranquility in Taroko National Park.
The atmosphere seemed so still. Yet in reality, the entire region was alive, with the mountains still being uplifted 0.5 centimeters per year due to compression between the Eurasion Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate; and with the LiWu River still carving the land's marble gorges a little deeper downwards with every passing second.
The atmosphere seemed so still. Yet in reality, the entire landscape was alive, with the lush region covered in a blanket of greenery and growth, stimulating all my senses simultaneously:
The fifty thousand shades of green and blue layered across the panorama; the fresh aroma of a heavily wooded and wet subtropical forest; the sounds of birds chirping and leaves rustling across the entire region near and far; and the cool breeze grazing my hair and caressing my cheeks as if the land were hugging me.
All of a sudden, this thought came racing back to me: If the entire lifetime of our planet were to span 24 hours, human beings would only have existed and occupied Earth during the most recent 23 seconds.
With a selfless perspective, I ask: Isn't it our duty to live in harmony with nature so that we can protect our planet's living beauties and give every species the opportunity to live?
Yet even with a selfish perspective, I ask: Would I prefer to put a blind eye on our current destructive behaviors so that humans can continue threatening our planet's and our very own wellbeing? Or would I prefer to help preserve biodiversity and our lands so they remain conducive and friendly to human survival?
Because WITH OR WITHOUT US, OUR LANDS will CONTINUE TO MOVE AND METAMORPHOSE WITH ITS SHIFTING TECTONIC PLATES.
AND WITH OR WITHOUT US, OTHER SPECIES will CONTINUE EVOLVING WITH THE ENVIRONMENT ON THE SINGLE QUEST of life TO SURVIVE.
"Nature doesn't need people.
People need nature."
That line in Harrison Ford's voice echoed deep inside my bones.
But then I brought myself back to the present moment, where I was still surrounded by thriving life.
"What a beautiful time to be alive," I thought, "but how I'd like to always have this feeling to come back to."