April 23, 2014
AP Language & Composition
The world has been here for billions of years, to which many different species have inhabited and called home. We have adapted to the area, but also mended it on our way, making Earth our own. But who is to say it is even ours for the taking. Nature is alive it breathes and lives just as we do, and yet we tear it down to build ourselves up. That is no way to treat your home. Instead we must work together and treat each other with the respect one another deserves. Nature cannot speak, so we will have to speak for it, and right now nature would argue that human beings are taken nature for granted. Earth is our home, and if we keep treating it with disrespect it will come back and only bring us misfortune. What comes around goes around, and at this rate our future will be dull, for we have mistreated our land for too long. Vaclav Havel knows of the course to which we have prepared to set sail, but reminds us that “Only people with a sense of responsibility for the world and to the world are truly responsible to and for themselves.” If you treat the Earth well you are initially treating yourself well, and everyone should want to treat themselves with respect and honorability. Just because we think we are unstoppable because nothing has yet to come in our way does not mean it will be the same forever, “we are not the masters of Being,” “we are nothing more than their network” and if we do not start changing our ways nature will do it for us (Havel). One misbalance to the universal, and the whole thing will start to crumble down, it
may work slowly, or all at once but I sure do not want to be around to see it. In the beginning of Havel’s text he speaks of children having to wear gas masks on the way to school because the air outside is impure and full of dangers. However in his very last sentence he states that “if parents ...
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