In the End

The lawn outside our kitchen window is overshadowed by a group of conifers; dense, prickly, darkly brooding trees accessible only to the birds that Dee attracts with her scatterings of seeds and crumbs on the grass below.

Yesterday we noticed robins and sparrows pecking at what, upon investigation, turned out to be the dessicated body of an unidentifiable small bird. Probably they were after the feathers to line their nests, this being the time of building. If so it struck me as somehow 'right' that the death of one bird should help form a cradle for the next generation.

This is something we all tend to forget: the vast majority of the roads, buildings, services, governmental and social systems, industrial processes and the basic inventions on which our lives today are based were inherited from our forefathers. All those long dead men and women, if they could / can see us now - what on earth would they / do they think of what we have made of their lives and their labours? And so, the bigger question: because we all know that nothing in nature is static and that even the rocks crumble, even mountains grow or erode, but either strengthen (rise) or weaken (fall) unto extinction, which of these applies to Mankind?

Shakespeare and the thinking element of his generation certainly thought the latter, believed that Man's aposeosis came and went with the Greeks. Personally I have long held the view that it occurred in around the fifth century AD in what we now call the Celtic races. Grecian artworks display an almost total obsession with perfect Man whereas the Celts of those so-called Dark Ages focussed on perfect Nature, of which mankind is but a part.

That little bird died during, probably as a result of the hardest winter in a generation. It had found temporary shelter in our tree, had perished and finally had fallen to the ground just as must we all some day.

In the words of Ernest Hemingway; '... the little new that each one learns from life is very valuable and is the only inheritence he has to leave'. Personally, although the opportunities for learning have never been so great, I don't think we're learning as much about real life issues as did those who came before. Which is a shame.

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