Memento Mori

“If all the beasts were gone,
men would die
from a great loneliness of spirit,
for whatever happens to the beasts
also happens to the man.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth,
befalls the sons of the Earth.”
[Chief Seattle, Dkhw’Duw’Absh (Duwamish) chief.]

Destroying our planet is like tearing pages out of an unread book, written in a language humans hardly know how to read.

But still Nature keeps painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty. Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind is wishful, and snow is exhilarating. Every dewdrop and raindrop has a whole heaven within it, every sun-ray and snowflake has a new story to reveal.

The aggregate of our joy and suffering; thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines; every hunter and forager; every hero and coward; every creator and destroyer of civilization; every king and peasant; every young couple in love; every mother and father, and hopeful child; every inventor and explorer; every teacher of morals; every corrupt politician; every ‘superstar’; every ‘supreme leader’; every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived here, on this planet — a tiny dot on the face of the universe, yet a forgiving mother to zillions of lifeforms.

Today’s Earth has many faces. 

And they’re not only human faces.

These faces of Earth are multiplying every day.

For many, climate change can often seem remote and hazy – a vague and complex problem far off in the distance that our grandchildren may have to solve. But that’s only because they’re still fortunate enough to be insulated from its mounting consequences.

As the “Phantom of
Earth Day” comes knocking at our dented doors (since April 22, 1970), a reminder: They all need us.

Because we, the humans, are the ‘self-proclaimed supreme creatures’ who presumably rule this planet. Because we need special occasions to remind ourselves of our responsibilities. Because some Mayan prediction may have failed, but the Earth is watching us closely, every single day.

And when the watching ends, 
We’ll be single, solitary,
Just like we were before the start.


This write-up is inspired by a Carl Sagan (1934–1996) quote from his non-fiction book, “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space”.

5 comments on “Memento Mori

  1. Thank you very much, Tanumoy, for caring deeply about Earth Day, as evidenced by the wide-ranging issues and scenarios that you have covered. This particular post of yours has convinced SoundEagle to subscribe to your blog.

    Moreover, SoundEagle believes that in some significant ways we are kindred spirits, for we share many similar things, not the least our fondness for Earth Day, to which SoundEagle’s contribution can be found at

    • I am immensely grateful to SoundEagle for considering my humble words worthy enough. Thank you for connecting with me. It’s an immense pleasure to have you here and must admit your blog is one of the most unique ones I’ve seen till date. So much to read and watch. I did read your article on Earth Day… brilliantly composed! Thank you once again.

      Best wishes

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