Can you remember when the rainforest tore down the cities? When it started to encroach on our land? Sure, it was considerate at first. Slowly it uprooted the edge of our civilizations, keeping the downtown areas intact so that it might still grasp the pleasure of experiencing humankind.
It used to love us, to call its home by the same name as ours. When it realized it could gain an easier, quicker evolutionary advantage by removing us, it did not hesitate.
So we have retreated. Human life has been destroyed by the dehumanization of our cities. The rainforest will never love us anymore because it has taken away our very essence that it originally cherished. We are left to wait. Either the rainforest will die out giving us an opportunity to grow again, or it will realize its existence is tied with ours. We pray that it realizes immediate gain does not replace sustainable growth. But who am I to judge, I am not the rainforest.
Brief commentary: [On the context of this post] Driving to Lake Victoria today, we saw brief glimpses of bursting diversity that has since been replaced by tea farms and sugar cane. It is hard to imagine some of the great majestic trees that we saw being bulldozed to the ground as animals scattered deeper away from humankind. I have faith that humanity has the potential of developing innovative ways to prosper without decimating the forest. However, it will require NOT taking the path of least resistance. I do not mean to simplify the problem. The rainforest issue is much more intricate. But creative solutions should and can treat these problems. The rainforest is too precious to lose.