Those of you who are kind enough to glance at my blogs from time to time may have noticed a recurring theme to do with nature, and what it teaches us. When I was growing up I had little interest in or understanding of the living world around us, preferring to pursue my love of reading. There was, of course, nothing wrong with this, and indeed my study of great literary craftsmen like Henry James, who wrote near-perfect English, has given me a respect for good writing which will go with me to the grave.
However, if I reflect upon what was going on around me as I read for hour after hour in my Victorian Kentish home, I have a nostalgia for all to which I was oblivious and which, in this reality, has gone: the colony of swallows nesting each year in the garage, dispersed when the house became a pub; the songbirds living in the ivy; the bats in the roof; the butterlies and insects which were in abundance then, many of which species are now extinct; all the wildlife which I know now was living in our large overgrown garden, but to which I was oblivious.
Through my lack of observation or interest I missed so much, but that was how it was for me then. Now, the pendulum swings in the other direction and my living environment is of enormous importance to me now as well as being a constant pleasure. I try not to be saddened as I hear of, for example, the destruction of habitat or the fragility of eco-systems and to see instead the bigger explanation as to why this is happening, but I do not succeed in every instance. It was a joy, therefore, to hear some good news today about the discovery of hundreds of previously unknown species living miles deep in the oceans. What was wonderful in particular was to learn about how these creatures have adapted to their changing surroundings, some living on oil spills, even.
I have felt for some time that nature and man will undergo change, sometimes dramatic, in order to survive the planetary upheavals that are under way. Here is proof. Since the beginning of life on earth nature has adapted to ice ages, heat age and meteoric collision, and the demands of humans for the resources of our Earth will not destroy it now. Life will go on bringing with it and as part of it, change, change for us as individuals and change for our environment, but all in accordance with the great Plan of God and all, therefore, perfect.