As I was driven south last week to Mutah University I couldn’t help but notice two things: The desert and the dead animals. I’ll start with the first since I love the desert.
It is a gorgeous landscape. With so many hidden mysteries. Our desert is a hilly one with many hill tops and valleys. Some of these hills in the distance are covered with black volcanic rock. Others are pebble strewn and some even have shrubbery. But what struck me the most was the even though it is now mid January, a time when these valleys are brimming with life and water, the stream beds were dry. So dry that I felt that I should be hiking in them! The rains are coming later and later each year, and the amount of rain is getting lesser and lesser.
The other thought that struck me about my surroundings was that the only things stopping desertification was urbanization. In the past we were worried about the desert encroaching on everything and spreading. Now one of my main concerns is the spread of the concrete jungle. Which if the two is more dangerous? Which is the lesser of two evils? Do we continue to “modernize” our world with buildings, roads, and infrastructure and give way to structure and stone of our making? Or do we stop and wait for the rains to come, plant more trees, and all the green to battle the stone?
I wonder what this very same drive would look like five or even ten years from now. Will it be the beautiful desert or a bigger one, will it bigger wider roads and buildings on either side? Mother earth is not happy with her molestation and rape, and so the sky too has conspired to express its displeasure.
We don’t help matter either with our disrespect for life. On my way there and back I saw approximately 10 dead animals, killed on the road and thrown to the side. Why do our drivers not care? How can they be this callous? I also wondered who moved these animals to the side of the road? Why is life, any life, thrown aside so casually like it is worthless? This wasn’t the first time I had seen road kills, this was the first time I had seen so many, too many. I hope that our drivers are not making this the norm now, and are more careful on the highways. An animal too has a soul, is a life, and should be respected. It is not just road kill on the side of the road.