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Are we headed to our own destruction?

By Joshua Montes Published 3 years ago 3 min read

Like a pebble trickling down a mountain side, slowly picking up speed and gathering more momentum. As it rolls down further, it gathers more strength. And the further it goes along, the bigger it grows until it becomes too large for the mountain to handle. Quietly it makes itself known to the mountain. It gathers substantial size, not quite destructive as it levels a few bushes, small creatures, and other insignificant beings. It continues rolling, not stopping to think what it could be capable of, but rather to see just how powerful it can become. Now as the boulder comes tumbling down upon the mountain, crushing everything in its path, it starts to understand it’s true power and laughs manically knowing what it can do. And from here, time and again it leaps into the air and comes crashing down leaving devastation in its wake. But it doesn’t lose speed. It just keeps going, not thinking twice about the chaos it has brought. The speed now is incredible. The mountain now quaking beneath the heaviness of the boulder. Too large to stop and the single most devastating object on the face of the mountain. Nothing stands a chance. Still racing passed trees, larger creatures, some unrecognizable now, to think they flourished before, only their remains can be seen. And yet the boulder has not stopped to think if it should continue, because it thinks it cannot fail and will grow to be the biggest, strongest force to be reckoned with. Then. Then the boulder leaps and bounds into the air, this is the big one it says. It flies through the air now, fully aware of its power, knowing that nothing stands a chance against it. It hurdles towards the ground clearly about to demolish anything beneath and around it for all eyes to see. Surely when it hits, nothing will be left. And it was right. As the boulder comes crashing back towards the earth, it hits. And nothing is left. Shattered remains of what once was this gargantuan monster, lie in pieces, scattered all around and nothing. No movement, no more destruction. No more anything. The boulder had become destructive, even stronger than it itself could deal with. A force to be reckoned with, but it could not withstand its own destructive abilities. What the boulder saw as power and possibilities, ended in nothing. This is Humanity. Humanity as it stands today, like the boulder not realizing its destructive capabilities, we too do not stop to think if we should press on. As the boulder lies at the base of the mountain, only remnants of what once was, we too shall lie at the end of tomorrow, with only shattered memories of what once was the human race.

We are at a point now, that we have the opportunity to alter our course in life. Unfortunately, there are many people that do not know the difference between creation and destruction. We think that by bulldozing lands and "creating" buildings we are making progress. We "create" jobs. We are providing for our fellow humans. But what are we losing in the process? What life existed before the home, building or structure you are reading this in, was built? What I mean is that in order for you home to be built, there was empty land, nature, greenery, dirt, animals, and insects. There was life. And now we continue this process, not stopping to think whether or not we should build and destroy nature, but only to think what we can create. This is destroying natural habitats at rates that are quickly getting to the point where they are becoming irreversible. We must stop to think what may become of us, and not just us, as humans, but all other life that exists along side us. We need to stop before we destroy what is left of the natural world and get to a point where there is nothing left.


About the Creator

Joshua Montes

I started writing a few years ago to curb my emotions. I used to be an angry person that would break things and punch walls. I found writing to be a productive way to deal and express my emotions. Short stories and poems are what I love

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