To : Everyone that believe in the ‘we can make this world a better place – a place called home.’’
Hi Everyone! This is a short writing to share my opinion about the relationship between us, the human and the world, the earth. I really hope that you all can spend a few minutes on this writing. ;-)
We, human, most of the time, will think we are the greatest creatures among the others. Is it?
Homo sapiens (the wise one) is an animal (superior type, we commonly assume, although neither history nor close observation altogether support this assumption). A human standing in the forest, with bare skin, weak teeth, thin arms, and knobby knees, would not impressive among the other creatures. As an animal, the bear with powerful jaws and raking claws would clearly seem superior. Even turtle seems more cunningly contrived for both protection and attack, as do the dogs and the cats. All creatures of nature seem superbly equipped for living their lives in their natural habitat and for meeting normal situations. ALL EXCEPT HUMAN.
Lacking speed, strength, and other apparent natural attributes, we human have long since learned that we can best attack a situation with our minds. But the truth is, we have little choice.
Our essential strength-the very reason for our survival and the key to all future achievement is out thinking. We have in fact, inherited the Earth. Surely, we, with our twinkling minds, should by now have created for ourselves a paradise upon this Earth.
Have we? What exactly we have done?
We built the city, and we trap in it. We are the victims of our own great architecture. We trapped, body and soul. We so absorbed with the new technology and materials that neglected our human needs. We divorced from our natural habitats. When is the last time you really feel glow and exuberance of being healthy animals and feeling fully alive?
We abuse the land (world) because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. The world, where we thought we are the conqueror, emperor, commander, the queen and the king! We make the technologies and the machineries as our slave. Yet, we are the slave to our slave! We have too much depending on them. When we at the place, where there is no cell phone connection, internet or refrigerator, we are the freeman!
We keep pushing our pace, our period, our present forward. Yet, we are falling. Falls of the emotion, falls of the ethic, fall of the integrity. We have learned to unleash the unthinkable mass power contained within the atoms. Now we have to pause and turn back to learn the means by which to control it, to control it from another war, another catastrophe.
We may think that, our little actions will be meaningless – recycle the small can is useless, tuning off the unused electric components is nothing or walking instead of driving is nonsense. THEN, YOUR ARE WRONG!!! If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. For every little tiny action, count!!
Yes, there is no place like home, by saying that, it is not tangible, not physical, imaginary, it is the attachment, the place where we feel intimate.
This email is about how we as a human being can play our roles to make this world a better place, the place that belong to us. At the end of this year, UPM will be hosting an annual gathering for all Landscape Architect students with the theme There's No Place Like HOME. This is the time we as a new generation of LA shows our concern about this issue. So to all participants, lets make this happen!!!