Katya stepped out onto the balcony. The sun had risen and had not yet dispersed the mists coming from the lake. The world was still silent save for the sounds of the forest. Taking a deep oxygen-filled breath, she knew she had made the right decision to come and populate this world.
“We are like the colonialists of the Old World who ventured out to the Africa of Earth: stepping out into the unknown; willing to explore and face new dangers; being the first to settle in a new land and tame it.”
Admiring the beauty of the trees, the colour and agility of the tiger-like creature in the distance, Katya did not wonder whether colonialism may have been the start of a journey that had led to Earth’s current status: an Earth that had been ripped apart by man’s desire for more minerals; an environment that had suffered devastation in humanity’s desire, not only to tame, but also to exploit what Nature gave freely; a world in which children had never experienced the fresh, running water of a stream, or the rustling of trees in a flower-laden meadow.
A new world and a new beginning awaited. Would the colonists ravage the land as their ancestors had done to Earth? Or would they learn from history and choose a different path?
Which path do you think the settlers on this life-giving land will take?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
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