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Saving the planet?

Author: Paulo Coelho

Whenever I read articles in newspapers or magazines written by politicians using global warming or the destruction of the environment for their electoral campaigns, I think:

How can we be so arrogant?
The planet is, was and always will be stronger than us.
We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing.

Why don’t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?
Because “Saving the planet” gives a sense of power, action and nobility.
Whereas “not letting the planet destroy us” might lead us to feelings of despair and impotence, and to a realisation of just how very limited our capabilities are.

Let’s be humble. Let’s respect Mother Earth because if She becomes furious with our behavior, we are in trouble.

(The Winner Stands Alone)

(Disclaimer: “The winner stands alone” is a book that nearly all my readers did not like, but I love it)

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