Bejewelled with Jewel Beetles
An extract from
Gifts, a small
display at the Cape Town International Conference Centre 2003-2007.
Our modern lifestyles tend to
divorce us from the natural world and we spend our lives
confined to cities, cars, offices, buildings, seldom freeing our
psyches on open landscapes of contemplation, seldom listening to
the natural world.
Every day we are adorned by the
gifts of nature – the freedom, the visual pleasures, the food we
eat, the opportunities for spiritual contemplation and
transformation. While plants and animals easily attract our
interest, the importance of insects as part of our support
system is largely overlooked. We indiscriminately poison them,
crush them and ignore them. Each species has a function and a
place in nature’s intricate web - it deserves to be here, it
earned its place, it survived the journey of evolution.
We need to walk more lightly on
the earth and contemplate the natural world as the gem that it
is. Only when we love and understand it and accept that we are
an integral part of the system, will its true beauty be
revealed. M. Cochrane.