A few days ago, before our ‘breakdown’, our makefast tribe of Dave and Ann, Chad and Emily, and Tree and I went to the Copan ruins. Collectively, we have all seen many, many ruins in the past few months, so maybe that’s why we were all more impressed with the twisted, old Ceiba trees and the squawking red Macaws than with the actual archaeological site. What can we say? We’re ruined out. Yet, no matter how many times I climb up dilapidated staircases or try to decipher yesterday’s emoticons, I still seem to be fascinated by what actually caused the collapse of the ancient Maya civilization. How could a culture so advanced in astronomy, mathematics, and with a system of calendars more accurate than our own, just suddenly disappear?
But….we all know that won’t happen. We crossed the Rubicon a long time ago. We’re addicted to civilization, constantly striving for what we call ‘advancements,’ blind to the travesty of progress—or, rather, what will be tomorrow’s ruins. –Stevie
(For further reading on this subject, check out Endgame by Derrick Jensen; and here’s an article on the looming mass extinction problem: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-03-earth-sixth-mass-extinction.html)
Copan was a beautiful site, as were all the great Mayan cities…as will be Los Angeles someday.
The Mayan people truly lived in paradise. They had everything they needed to survive and flourish as a society, yet their available resources were less than what was necessary to create the temples that are all that is left of them today. Ironically, much of the deforestation that led to their demise was done to fuel the construction of these ruins.
Habitat for nature’s species is in rapid decline. Humans are steamrolling the forests and species are going extinct. What will tomorrow’s ruins show? What will they think about us when they unearth our history?