Man sat alone. Drenched in sadness. All animals drew near and said, “We don’t like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.”
Man said, “I need good sight.” The vulture replied, “You shall have mine.” Man said, “I need to be strong.” The jaguar replied, “You shall have my strength.” Man said, “I need to know the secrets of the earth.” The serpent showed him.
When Man had all of the gifts the animals could give, he left.
The owl cautioned that Man knew much and was able to do many things: “Suddenly, I am afraid.”
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The deer replied, “Man has all that he needs – now his sadness will stop.”
The owl answered, “No, I saw a hole in Man. Deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and makes him want. He will go on taking and taking. One day the World will say, ‘I am no more and I have nothing left to give.’ ”
From an ancient Mayan prophecy to the movie “Apocalypto” to today. Earth Day – much too little and way too late.
Linda Marie, Clovis