The Earth Song

No. Not the Michael Jackson cover.

“Cover? I thought it was his song!” I hear you cry. Well, it isn’t. Michael Jackson merely gave a human voice to the Earth Song but he did not pen it because the Earth Song has been written and sung long before civilisation itself.

Allow me to explain.

I came across a picture the other day; this one to be precise:

Some Tree Advice

And an idea which had been pushed to the back of my mind came to the forefront. This idea that I am about to talk about has been spoken of before so it isn’t new and well, going back to the beginning of this post, the Earth has been trying to drum it into us since forever so I won’t take credit for it.

But before I begin I would like to draw your attention to this video:

Bruce Lee and the image above have captured two verses of the real Earth Song. The image and video both highlight the benefits to our character from imitating nature but it does not stop there because the benefits reach out to all forms of human activity; from the seasonal colours, such as reds and browns for Autumn and yellows for Summer, used in the fashion industry, to engineering solutions used to make buildings withstand problems and to the food industry which uses seasonal ingredients in different dishes.

Trees

Trees highlight the importance of confidence by, as the image suggests, standing tall. Having said this, it also shows how standing tall, being stronger and heavier than most living things is not sufficient; rather, you must also keep your feet on the ground so that your strengths do not allow your character to turn into ego. Trees may be strong but they are humble enough to maintain life within them and provide for life around them.

Water

Bruce Lee touched upon a fantastic point; the ability to adapt yourself to fit into different surroundings. Whether you wear clothes to camouflage yourself from enemies whilst in the army or you need to fit into a new country by learning the language, adaptability is essential for survival. Even Darwin agreed with his evolution theory!

Mountains

The obvious characteristic of Mountains is their strength and height, but as we have already touched upon that when I spoke about trees, I thought it may be better to point out their steepness. The steepness arguably portrays two things; one, life is about the journey as opposed to the peaks and two, you better develop some thick skin along the way. Let’s take a 100m sprinter’s goals and training as a metaphoric mountain. The audience only sees the sprinter from the start to the finish where he is awarded with a gold medal. This is a medal that anyone could make artificially and is arguably just a piece of metal, but it is a medal that matters to the sprinter because of the journey he has taken to get there. The blood, sweat and tears that were felt during painful, intensive training sessions made the piece of metal feel important and ultimately, the sprinter will celebrate the medal win in the short-term, but in the long-term he will rejoice in developing thick skin from his struggles.

Sunlight

Phew. The last paragraph was long wasn’t it? I’ll try keeping this one short. It is no secret that the Sun shares its light with the Moon and it does it without expecting anything back. When people help others out they rarely do things for the sake of helping and always expect some sort of favour back, but that mentality can turn negative quickly, especially because not receiving help after you have expected it in return, will hurt and can make people seek “revenge”. Moral? Illuminate freely.

Smiling Sun

So there you have it. I have put up some free advice from Nature to guide humanity and I am sure you could think of at least one other example of a message the Earth is singing to us.

For the humans who do not understand the language of the Earth, in Michael Jackson’s human voice,

“Did you ever stop to notice the crying Earth, the weeping shores?”

It’s the end of my post so if you haven’t stopped reading and started thinking of examples already, then your time to begin is…coming up in…

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