Create a 6 pages page paper that discusses mindless destruction of the assets of nature. I want to lie down on the grass.” This is a significant observation that gives rise to manifold interpretations, besides the joy that it creates at the first reading. I am reminded of a sonnet by William Shakespeare, “Under the greenwood tree/Who loves to lie with me/And turn his merry note/Unto the sweet bird’s throat, /Come hither, come hither, come hither: / Here shall he see/No enemy/But winter and rough weather.”(Arthur, 1919) The poet is inspired by the beauty of nature and would like to spend some time resting on her lap.
“Modern man does not experience himself as a part of nature but as an outside force destined to dominate and conquer it,” (p.11) writes E. F. Schumacher, in his book, “Small is Beautiful.” Solving one problem by shifting it to another sphere and create an infinitely bigger problem has become part of the materialistic civilization. Long-term values are lost sight of. The said author forcefully writes, “The hope that the pursuit of goodness and virtue can be postponed until we have attained universal prosperity and that by the single-minded pursuit of wealth, without bothering our heads about spiritual and moral questions, we could establish peace on earth, is an unrealistic, unscientific, and irrational hope.” (p.25) The contents of the article “ The Mulberry Tree” is the forceful representation to humankind to realize the importance of trees and greenery for sustaining humanity, before this Planet Earth ceases to be the place of habitation for human beings, animals and birds and all other types of vegetation.
Salima describes the true beauty of nature in the ensuing description related to grass. She writes it in the form of a parable that has been transmitted from generation to generation in her land, thus: “A child definitely wants grass that is growing, grass that rises vertically from the ground and sinks its roots down into the earth, grass that resists a .hand that attempts to pluck it, grass that doesn’t wilt after an hour or two, and grass adorned with tiny flowers.