Dirty Little Secrets of Mother Nature – Part 2
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Fast Forward to the 20th Century
Iron Eyes Cody (April 3, 1904 – January 4, 1999), was an American actor. He made his living portraying Native Americans in films. His most notable and memorable role was that of, the “Crying Native American Indian.”
In the early 70’s there was broadcast on television, a public service announcement called, Keep America Beautiful. Cody is seen paddling a canoe up what appears to be a serne river and he is dressed in period costume. Then he passes the modern polluted skies of 20th century industry. He paddles his canoe to shore, gets out and begins to walk. He appears out of place in the midst of cars and trucks, skyscrapers and teeming numbers of strangely dressed people. A speeding car passes by and throws out trash which lands at his feet, and he sheds a single tear.
The announcer– William Conrad, of “Bullwinkle” and “Cannon” fame– sternly and memorably declares: “People start pollution; people can stop it.”
A mini ‘Dirty Little Secret‘ is that Iron Eagle Cody was not a Native American Indian, his ancesters are Italian. 🙂
The word ‘Industry’ above reminded me of another movie which started out originally as a series of fantasy books.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s, ‘Lord of the Rings Trilogy,’ is high epic fantasy.The books created their own cultures and included philology, (love of language or learning). Tolkien created his own languages in this series, i.e. Elfish etc. Mythology and religion were used and the author’s distaste for the effects of industrialization were symbolized by the ‘wheel.’ The wheel meant industry and it was the purposes of the Dark Lord Sauron, to destroy the world of men by its evil use.
Lord Sauron’s & the white wizard Saruman’s wheel of industry at Isengard
Flashback to Cowboys (cowgirls too), and Indians
When we were children, many of us used to play ‘Cowboys (cowgirls too),and Indians.’ But in real life, the characters we played were quite different. Quite often the Native Americans were portrayed as uncivilized savages and the ‘white man’ was civilized and gentile. The truth though, was very different!
Most Native American tribes were peaceful, peace seeking and peace keeping. They were highly organized, efficient, self-reliant and self-sufficient. They respected the land and all of life, even that which they killed for food. They often shared their bounty with others. If it were not for them, it is doubtful that our forefathers and foremothers would have survived their first year in this new country. The National holiday of Thanksgiving has its origin during this time.
‘The White Man,’ lived a lot differently than did the Native Americans. In their expanse, they did not respect the land and life as their different colored skinned, brothers and sisters. They took over lands which did not belong to them. Hunters nearly destroyed the buffalo and often to the shock of Native Americans, they would kill the animal, skin them for their hides only and leave the flesh to rot. They brought guns, alcohol and disease. Believing the Natives were little more than red savage beasts, they hunted them neither for food or purpose, but often just for sport. Many tribes in order to protect their own livelihood, responded to violence with violence. Wars and treaties were waged, made and broken. Often the ‘white man’ behaved without honor. Many people perhaps still feel that the Natives were just ignorant and stupid, citing for example, the sale of what is now the island of Manhattan or New York City, New York, just for a handful of beads.
However, there is an abundance of information to support that most Native Americans had no concept of the sale of land. The so called beads of sale were in essence, a peace treaty or a token of friendship to share the land, not to own it!
This utter disregard for land and life reminds me of a line from the 1999 sci-fi movie, ‘The Matrix.’ The software program and an agent of the system, ‘the Matrix,’ Mr. Smith said the following:
“I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus! Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.”
Agent Smith, ‘The Matrix’ (1999)
Are all these events, from all these ‘Dirty Little Secrets‘ a metaphor? Are all these consequences and calamities, just Mother Nature’s ‘payback for interfering with her’s or God’s ordered balance?’
Is this the reaping from the sowing?
Mother Nature – Dena Dietrich starred as the forest matron, Mother Nature in a series of successful 30-second commercials for Chiffon Margarine (1971-79). Dressed in a gown of white and adorned with a crown of daisies, Mother Nature addresses an unseen narrator who informs her “That’s Chiffon Margarine, not butter.” A perplexed Mother Nature replies “Margarine, oh, no, it’s too sweet, too creamy.” When the narrator tells her “Chiffon’s so delicious, I guess it fooled even you, Mother Nature,” the perturbed woodland goddess lets loose lightning and thunder to express her anger. Her trademark catchphrase was “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”
It’s not nice or a good idea to mess with Mother Nature either.
WOW, this stuff is really getting dirty! We are not done. There is much more to come and more ‘Dirty Little Secrets‘ to share next time.