I have been tagged by wonderfully amazing Nicola over at Rust and Stardust to participate in the 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge, which I’m super psyched about. I’ve seen it floating around. Yet, I’m the type to wait to be tagged to do something and I’m very excited that Nicola chose me. ^.^ Without further ado, the rules.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
- Nominate three new bloggers each day.
“What are men to rocks and mountains?”― Jane Austen,
I may be misinterpreting this quote from its original meaning, but that’s the beauty of words. Each person understands what they read based upon their heritage and their experiences and here is what I discern from this quote.
For me this quote is about pride- human pride- and the importance we give ourselves. We live on this planet with billions of other species. Some are more closely related to us than others and yet we deem ourselves to be better, stronger, more intelligent than every single one of them. As such, we place ourselves on the top of the food chain. We put our desires above the balance of ecosystems, taking whatever we want and giving little thought to the consequences.
Yet, this quote challenges that. What are we to everything else, even to inanimate objects? After all, without the rocks and the mountains, the water and the trees, the bees and the deer, we would be nothing. Our pride, our intelligence, our supposed superiority, is nothing. We rely on all of those things to feed us, quench our thirst, pollinate our crops, shelter us from harm, even to keep us from succumbing to gravity and sinking into the center of the Earth.
That is why I chose this quote. We are humans, yes. We gave up claws and fangs, poisons and camouflage, for advanced intelligence, but that doesn’t make us self-sustainable. We require every natural thing around us, both animate and inanimate. Without that, what use is pride?