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Patty’s Ponderings – Railing Against Raze and Ruin

Glass Beach
Wikipedia photo of Glass Beach, California

What makes humans think they are entitled to destroy every beautiful, place on the planet? When I read a story yesterday about the ongoing destruction of Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, California I was absolutely livid!

In the early 1900s the area was a garbage dumping site for residents of Fort Bragg. The area was closed in 1967 and numerous cleanup efforts took place, removing vehicles and large appliances, also burning and eliminating the huge piles of garbage. After decades of the ocean waves pounding the broken glass and pottery that was part of the debris in the former dumpsite, the beach was covered with smooth muti-colored sea glass.

This miraculous collaboration between man and nature became part of MacKerricher State Park in 2002 and in less than a decade has been almost completely stripped by humans with no compunction about destroying a place meant to be shared by all forever!

Taking the colored glass and stones is forbidden, as removing anything from a state or national park is against the law. But does this stop people, or even slow down the extirpation? No!!

It could be just a personal issue, but I have had the same thoughts at many of the places where I’ve traveled; at Custer Battlefield in Montana, I watched as parents let their kids climb on the monument pieces; in Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, people take rocks, plants, signs- -you name it. At my favorite place in the world, (an isolated beach in Washington state) it is not unusual to see plastic grocery bags full of trash half-buried in the sand or strewn in the grass on the dunes! It is positively mortifying to me!

Why can’t humans be respectful of wondrous places, be they natural or man-made? What is it that drives mortals to destroy, dismantle, and despoil all things beautiful?

I wish I knew.

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