It’s important to measure our vanity in the air when the planet Earth is below us. Only the clouds. Only the deep blue. Human-centric value system has re-created this planet. God is here, in a totally vulnerable Air Bus tied onto a seat belt.
I saw this Hippo not in Africa, but in the Melbourne Zoo. These enormous creatures still live, move about in the water, although a bit depressed. They have survived for more than 16 million years. And homo sapiens? Only 200,000 years. Homo and Hippo all came from Africa, perhaps they were swimming together in the same river and eating the same school of fish at one point. But Homo sapiens left Africa, with a stran
ge and mysterious purpose.
I felt that Peter Pan’s Neverland could be Australia, a culture which is hugely overlooked by the snobbish Europeans and a landscape is totally inspiring and confronting. Don’t talk about the government. This is the only thing we have in common with each ‘land’. But if you care about the nature and the wild-life landscape, study Australia. Don’t always jump on the sam
e plane to the Amazon.
We all feel sad and depressed while visiting the ‘exotic’ animals in the zoo as we know they have no future in a human environment. But where can they go? it’s a matter of dying fast or dying slowly. Now the zoos have different names – they are called ‘Wild Life Preservation Center’. No cynical feelings, only a sincere attempt from a few good-hearted organizations and true animal lovers.
An etching in Melbourne Museum, depicting the ‘First People’ of Australia saw the ‘New People’ approaching to the land.
What a typical reaction in human history but only with an opposite effect now – look at what’s going on with the current Australian government dealing with those immigrants on the boat.