It’s not development, it’s destruction. So I sloganeered on the newspaper’s website regarding a new building someone wants to put up in place of the trees and such which are there now.
Development is gaining knowledge and wisdom and compassion. Development is not making the same mistakes over and over. Development is not higher quantities of humans and buildings; it’s a better quality of life.
When will it be enough for these people who always want more? Do they want the whole planet paved and all of us living in one giant skyscraper? I don’t believe that, but if not, what gives them the right to decide when it’s enough after they’ve ignored those of us who say it’s enough right now?
There are more than enough people and more than enough buildings in a world where humans and/or their various forms of pollution dominate the land, sea, and sky. It’s time to draw the line in the sand and say not one more new building unless it’s replacing a building already there. Not one more tree needlessly cut down, not one more species’ home territory thoughtlessly destroyed.
I don’t care if it’s a golf course, a suburb, a hospital, corporate headquarters, summer condos, or free green housing for the homeless. I don’t care about the temporary construction jobs or the low wage service jobs in the new buildings or that the Watkins family thinks they need more space. Not one more goddamn acre of destruction.
And homeless...there’s an odd term. Could there be any culture more removed from its home than this one? We have fancy houses, but no home. Were nomadic people with a deep sense of place and knowledge of the seasons and an area’s plant and animal life and their uses and habits homeless? Or are we, who try to block out the weather and can’t tell one tree from another and would soon starve to death without our transportation system and supermarkets?