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Wandering Through The  Woods

Taking a walk through the forest is a method of commune that goes back thousands of years for man.  Long has it been an escape from artificial trivialities and the rushing wave of time that people have become accustomed to.  Stepping into a pristine forest is stepping into the soft ebbing currents of an ancient timescale that mankind often forgets it is deeply woven into and exposes yourself to the forces that have governed life where man has not meddled.  The effect is like no other on the mind and spirit.  When one contemplates the intricacies of a network of beings that have been developed by that push and pull of time immemorial, an overwhelming picture of oneness is felt that rejuvenates and consoles a lonely soul being thrown about by the forces of life we have created. 

Wandering through forests as unique and age-old as the ones in Madagascar for a biophiliac is a dream come true.  The experience of walking up a beautiful beach with the sound of ocean constant in your ears and then stepping up the gentle slope of a trail into a dense, green wall of jungle where suddenly all sound of the ocean disappears the moment you’re surrounded by kindred spirits of a land forgotten in time creates a feeling that the term awe-inspiring fails to capture.  Confronted by all of this it is easy to forget how delicate such a system is.  In our propensity for progress we threaten, destroy and encroach on land and beings that are not designed to operate on our short-term timescale. 

My time in Madagascar has driven these awesome realizations deep into my beliefs and has helped to recommit myself to the plight of these other nations of beings that we threaten.  Even buried deep in a pure forest, you will sometimes hear the thwack of an axe and the crack of a felled tree in the distance and for every untouched area you find, there are many more places that have been greatly disturbed.  As the species that has come to rest outside of the forces of nature and commit these disturbances, it falls on us to speak for those who cannot speak and to act for those who know not the time to act.  Today is the day to speak out.  Now is the time to act. 

By Nathan Tarr - Madagascar Forest Conservation 

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