I don’t like trees. They get in the way of progress.
Now that I have your attention….I hear people talk about how precious rain forests are. I grew up in one and have to say that while I understand the arguments about why wildlife should be preserved, when you’re living in the middle of it, it’s a hard concept to internalize.
You might wonder why people will cut down precious rain forests but let me say that they don’t seem so wonderful and precious when you’re living in the middle of it; being eaten alive by insects, your books rotting because of the humidity, your vegetables devoured by local wildlife, the humidity rusting tools and equipment before your eyes, the spiders large enough that you can hear them scuttling across your floor, and during their nuptial flights the ants are so plentiful that they block out the sky ….and there are 90 kilometers of it between you and the nearest traffic light. In that situation, cutting down a bunch of trees to cover the bills isn’t a big deal.
I don’t mean to diminish the importance of wildlife conversation but merely point out that it’s hard to see the big picture when you’re up to your neck in it.