The Fires of Unintended Consequences

Wildfire burning housesWhat you’re doing is talking so loud I can’t hear what you’re saying.

This saying is often applied to hypocrisy, but I’ve come, in recent months, to apply it to the unintended consequences of the brights —those among us who think they know how we should treat the land on which we live, how we should live, and even what we should think.

You see, we should be laying the destroyed houses, the destroyed communities, the destroyed lives, the dead, at the feet of those who think they know how to handle nature better than those who live out in that nature. At the feet of the environmental movement, and the leftist who encourage this irresponsible worldview.

Global warming? Global warming isn’t what left thousands of acres of land off limits to farming, to timber harvesting, to use by humans, to management. Global warming isn’t the problem, leaving dead wood on thousands of acres in the name of “preserving nature in it’s natural state,” is the problem. Even Smokey the Bear isn’t going to prevent fires in a forest full of dry tinder in a thunderstorm.

The warning the forest fires sends, loud and clear, is to stop listening to the brights, those people who think they know how to run our lives better than we do. Stop listening to those who think they can care for our bodies better than we can, those who think they can care for our land better than we can, and those who think they can care for our minds better than we can (Google, for instance).

It’s time to understand that nature, in it’s “pristine state,” isn’t so pristine. That just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s right any more than saying, “I was born that way.” It’s time to return to a view of nature (and government) as a dangerous servant, something to be honored and used. God put men in the Garden to work it and keep it because God, who created nature, knew that nature, on it’s own, is incomplete.

We need to learn that a forest is never so beautiful as when it’s managed properly and cared for, with the dead wood cut out, the trees controlled to prevent insect infestations and other problems, and the ground cleared to prevent any little spark from starting a conflagration that will destroy communities and lives.

Man is not a parasite. It’s time we stopped treating him like one.

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