Nepal, close to the roof of the world. On the back of an elephant you can see us exploring Chitwan National Park. We were on a quest for rhinos…
Earlier our trip took us into India where we traveled from New Delhi to Jaipur, Agra, and Varanasi before arriving in Nepal at its south border. We were on our way to Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu, but first we pitched our camp at the Royal Chitwan National Park.
Cities versus Mother Nature
Me and my wife love cities. We love to wander around places like New Delhi, Bangkok and Hanoi. Places that never sleep. Places where strange, intruiging and extreme things happen just because it’s such a crowded place.
Why do cities exist? We humans always seem to form tribes. We settle together in cities because we believe that’s a safe thing to do. In the early days we crowded together to protect each other, but against what? Against the fear of being excluded? Against loneliness? Against Mother Nature maybe?
I can imagine that people lived together to warn each other against the unpredictable forces of Mother Nature: extreme weather or dangerous animals. I felt such a kind of warning when we were on the back of the elephant and the guide urged on us to be quiet. We did already conquer the forces of the elephant we were riding, but there was another majestic animal waiting for us in the jungle: the rhino.
On the pictures they look quite relaxed, standing in the water, just gazing around a bit. When they feel threatened however, it’s time to watch out for the colossal power of the rhino. We were quiet, not because we were afraid, but honestly speaking because we were impressed. Impressed by the beauty of this armored creature. Look at his skin, it’s like he was time-warped from the stone Age.
In earlier days human settlements functioned as a protection against the power of nature. Nowadays we need to get out of our settlements more to find and experience the beauty of nature. And yes, times have changed and things have turned around. We don’t have to protect ourselves that much anymore. Instead we have to protect Mother Nature from the devastating effect of our cities with its millions of inhabitants. Although endangered, the stone Age descendant is quietly waiting for us to understand.
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