Daily Prompt: A Plot of Earth


“It’s teaching us how little we know and for a few minutes it’s not about the science, it’s about the wonder of the planet, something that’s been hidden for so long.”

– Dr Jon Copley of the National Oceanography Centre commenting on the discoveries found on the ocean floor in the Caribbean

Looking at the unstoppable progress that we see everyday, I think it’s not such a bad idea for the planet to hide some of its secrets to the human kind. It is a bit ironic that as we continue to strive to improve our quality of living, in terms of health, basic comfort and safety, we have also made decisions that has directly and indirectly contributed to the gradual decline of the only home that we’ve ever known. It seems that we have yet to run out of ideas on how to fully exploit the wonder that nature has to offer.

The discovery of possibly new species of plants and animals, not to mention biological mechanism that exist deep within the deep blue sea can surely open doors for new scientific progress. But just like the seemingly limitless surprises that nature offers, the possibility of improving and destroying what we have now is also endless. It can always go either way. I can’t help but feel a bit cynical. Stories of discoveries today could only end up with a story of extinction in the future.

Seeing this piece of news on TV made me reconsider my answer to this Daily Prompt query:

You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please. What’s the plan?

I think It would make a lot of difference if each of us practice some semblance of restraint when it comes to luxury and development. Less is more, they used to say. But I don’t think the same sentiment can be found in the time that we live in.

If given a plot of land, I would probably opt for something more basic. A small simple house made of light material, with a space allotted for my own vegetable garden.  I would skip the pool in the backyard considering the tons of water that would be wasted. However, I do wish that that particular piece of land will also include a beach or a lake where I can swim on. A lot of trees and some birds would be nice. A field of grass where my pets can run around would be a sure bonus.But, I think the most important feature on my plot of land is the scenery. No amount of “financial resources” can orchestrate a view that can come close to the grand design.

Just imagine the feeling of waking up to the smell of the trees. Or the sense of calm while reading a book underneath a tree. That, I think is priceless.

Money, gold and riches.

These things never die out. They only change hands.

Sadly, we can’t say the same thing for our piece of land.

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