There is an awakening process that one goes through every time they escape into nature. It makes you come to terms with the things you need, and that which you do not truly need but want. I used to be a selfish city slicker who never cared about wildlife, about nature nor about these beautiful places that few dare travel to. Honestly when I look back in time, I can say that I was lost, I was ignorant and dumbfounded like many who never leave the concrete jungle. I recall how I used to yearn for meaningless material gains, for big homes, fast cars and expensive toys. I foolishly believed that those things had some form of value in my life, and by owning them it would define me. As I stated prior, I was truly foolish, blinded, confused and led astray by this facade of social conditioning, it made me believe that financial gains exceeded spiritual ones.
As time trickled by I found myself exploring the vast wilderness which Florida has to offer. With each experience gained in the wild, I came to terms that the simplicity of nature yielded far greater rewards than the complexity of civilization, spiritual lessons were learned. I came to terms that nature needed someone to fight for it. Because if people did not fight for it, it would surely cease to exist. Our lands would be stripped clean of nature resources and laid waste by huge corporations, lobbyist and greedy politicians.
Am I Conservationist?
Now let it be known that I am not in any way a so-called tree-hugging, environmental warrior, nor do I wish to be. I will not stand with a picket sign protesting, nor will I preach that hunting should be abolish, or that people should not live in rural areas. We all teach awareness in our own manner, I cannot and will not dedicate my life to conservationism. If I did I would be homeless and broke, just another voice on a podium with no foundation to stand on. I refuse to do that and it is not because I do not love nature. On the contrary, it is because my first priority is to provide for my family. The wild lands have been here way before we were born and shall remain long after we are gone.
Let’s be real for a second.
I find that many conservationists preach a good preach, but do not back what they state. They wish to scream about big oil while using oil products and driving gas consuming vehicles. You cannot have it both ways, if you are going to preach about something, back it up and practice what you preach. Cut off those products that are created by that which you are fighting against, and if you cannot do that. Then merely just sit down and spare us the hypocrisy.
I do bot sugar coat things.
I try to do my part to teach awareness, to stand up, to arise and to help the fight against corporations that exploit and destroy our lands. Corporations that state they are for the preservation of the wild lands, yet deal with lobbyists on matters that interest them financially. It seems nowadays all is not what it appears to be on that subject. Many companies talking about the preservation of the glades and nature, while doing so only for government grants. The same applies to conservationists who will tell you what is good for nature, yet never leave the concrete jungle to experience nature. Alas, the wild lands need preservation and that is a fact. Developers need to stop seizing and destroying wild habitats to build new communities in. Agencies need to stop giving third party and foreign interest groups licenses/permits to steal natural resources that exists within preserves.
However to me, the greatest danger of all is people who move here from northern states. They do so to escape the policies of those states they resided in, only to come here and try to make this state a copy of the state they left. Florida is unique, it is different, we believe in God, guns and glory. We believe in the American way taught unto us by our forefathers, not preached unto us by politicians wanting to destroy our history.
Now I may receive some slack for writing this blog and I honestly do not care. I did not do so to appease anyone, for no one is worth appeasing more than God. I did so to get my thoughts off my chest, to state my feelings and to call out the hypocrisy that others will not.