simplicity and selfishness

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a recent trip to Namibia left me pondering philosophical questions about the reasoning behind conservation aims. After writing my master thesis and going back into the bush it made me realize that we, humans, are more to blame than we care to think …

 

Let me first begin on a less heavy-handed note, by showing glimpses of wildlife pleasantries encountered throughout my trip. A game drive on the off chance that we would spot elephants was successful even off-season. It never gets old, your heart racing as the Landover speeds to intersect a herd of elephants making their way deep into the bush; then seeing a herd of elephants in front of you and holding your breath as to not make any noise as you sit within reaching distance of these majestic creatures…the herd being so comfortable in your presence that they proudly show off their youngest members… – All this never gets old!

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IMG_4247This trip exposed us to the vast landscapes that Namibia holds so dear to its heart, such as the desert! The landscape and wildlife in the desert is completely different. Add an ocean to this mix and you’ve got Swakopmund. The ocean, the sunsets, the birds, the reptiles – all makes my head spin out of control with images of immense beauty.

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Wildlife, landscapes, eco systems are all surrounded by people. Lucky us, right? Wrong, we are the reason why national park boundaries are increasingly getting smaller. We are the reason why some conservation efforts don’t materialize, because they simply aren’t profitable for us – humans. Why are we so selfish? Why the need to have more and more? Why do we need to kill animals in order to prove our worth? And what worth is that anyway …

 

Let’s simplify this philosophical discussion and say in order for conservation efforts to work we need to start to question ourselves, our motives, and the reasons why we are conserving anything at all.

 

It’s easy to point the finger so I won’t. I will just end with a movement called “I am selfish”!

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