A Vanished Ocean - a Bit of Perspective!
posted on Monday 14 Feb, 2011.
“Being thoughtful about our Earth”
I’ve just finished reading a remarkable book: “Vanished Ocean: How Tethys Reshaped the World” by Dorrik Stow. On the back cover was the enticement to read it from cover to cover: “A hundred million years ago, a mighty ocean stretched across four-fifths of the Earth; an ocean that teemed with life but also experienced devastating extinctions. It broke up and finally vanished five and a half million years ago, leaving clues of it’s former grandeur in rocks, fossils, and the precious gift of oil. It was called Tethys, and this is it’s story.”
How do I describe reading this life-changing book? It is the history of our Earth, and the influence that the Tethys Ocean, greater than the mighty Pacific Ocean, had on the shaping and re-shaping of our world.
As I gently closed the book after reading the last page, I reflected on my relationship with our Earth. Is it respectful? Is it loving? Is it in awe? No, it is simply thoughtful, keeping her in mind whatever I do because she is my home. The Earth is where I live.
In one of those strange coincidences that give life spice, my desk calendar’s saying for that day was: “If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be thoughtfulness.” Confucius.
Yes, being thoughtful about my home is what works for me:-) And as a mark of my deepest respect for my home, I have given the book to our son. It will give him the immense perspective that he is looking for to be a thoughtful care-taker of the ex-bushland that he and his wife are bringing back to life.
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