Parable of the Sudden Pond
Once there was a pond, a stone’s throw across. Its water was clear, and its
fish and invertebrates lived in a well-balanced aquatic paradise.
A few stone-throws’ away is another pond, one covered thick with a
prolific reddish scum which could double itself in weight and size every
day, which had long since choked the life out of that pond, where no fish
One day, a careless angler, who had had no luck at the second pond, cast
his lure into the first pond. Clinging to the lure was a strand of the red
algae. He caught a basketful of fish, then casually departed, leaving the
strand of algae in the pond.
One year later, he returned, and found that about one-eighth of the pond
had become infested with the algae. He had learned that the presence of the
algae meant the impending demise of the fish. But except for the
unthreatening reddish patches floating here and there, the pond looked
beautiful and healthy as before.
He smiled, thinking of his wedding in four days’ time at the very bank of
this picturesque pond. He promised himself to come back with a rubber raft
and a net to scoop as much of the algae from the pond as possible – after
When he arrived on the fourth day, resplendent in his tuxedo, he was
shocked to see that the pond had become covered from bank to bank with the
algae, and dead fish was floating bloated in the ruddy scum. It was then he
realized, too late, that the eighth doubled itself into the quarter on the
first day, the quarter doubled itself into a half on the second day, and the
half doubled itself into the whole on the third day.
A few years later, he brought his son and daughter back to the pond,
which he had since cleaned up and reseeded with fish, and told them, “The
climate of our world is changing. Just because this valley still looks okay
does not mean that the whole planet is okay. Drastic changes could hit us
like a freight train, just when you least expect it.”
Speaking of global warming, we are petitioning the nations of the world
to donate 10% of their respective military budgets to a
United-Nations-created-and-administered Global Green Fund, totaling $120
billion per year, to heal our planet Earth.
Please go to the following site, sign the petition, make a strong
comment, and pass the petition far and wide.
If the link is broken, pls message/email me and I’ll resend the intact
Anthony Marr, founder and president
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Emergency Operation (GEO)
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