A woman in Florida has been accused of destroying one of the oldest trees in the world. According to Reuters:
This is the Senator, the largest pond cypress in the U.S. and, at 3,500 years old, the fifth-oldest individual tree in the world. Or anyway, this was the Senator, because on Jan. 16, the Florida tree burned from the inside out.
Authorities initially ruled out arson, saying that friction or smoldering lightning damage may have started the fire. But they’ve now ruled it right back in, arresting 26-year-old Sara Barnes for lighting the Senator on fire while sitting inside it doing meth.
The law doesn’t seem to take the age of a tree into account if it is intentionally destroyed. According to another source:
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services arrested Sara Barnes on charges of intentional burning of land, a third-degree felony.
However, it’s unlikely her case would have drawn much attention, or even been prosecuted, had the victim been a sapling or some blackberry bushes. It’s clear from the headline and comments that the gravity of her crime is linked to the age of her victim. As one comment puts it:
I am no environmentalist but even I think she should face prosecution and long, long jail term for destroying something so majestic. Imagine, 3,500 years old. This tree existed when civilization was still a bunch of tribes fighting over resources in the Fertile Crescent. Now it is gone because some junky needed to get high. She is a pretty good argument for the death penalty for drug users. I don’t see that drug users add anything but misery to society.
That comment has 7 thumbs up as of this writing.
The indigenous peoples of Europe have been there continuously for tens of thousands of years. They are being systematically destroyed and those responsible for it are held in high esteem. The genocidal criminals draw bloated paychecks, which are extorted from their victims. Will the perpetrators be punished for their crimes? Not likely – since it’s illegal to even speak of the subject publicly in much of Europe.
The loss of the Senator is indeed tragic, but there will be other senators in the future. Other trees will grow that old or older. But there are no other Europes that can replace the one we’re losing now. Once gone, it will be gone forever.
The loss of the Senator is sad, but what has the Senator done for the human race? Other than serving as a tourist attraction, producing some oxygen and serving as host to other living things, it stood in the same place for thousands of years and accomplished nothing. In contrast, practically every component of modern life hails from Europe (or those whose ancestors came from Europe). From the cloths we wear to the cars we drive to the medicine that prolongs our lives – it all came from European civilization. Even items that were invented, or improved upon, by Asians were inspired by Europe. Asian civilization was relatively stagnant until the Europeans came along and roused them from their slumber. “African” inventors are typically Europeans with just enough African blood to qualify them for an “African History Month” place of honor. All told, I would say that European civilization has done more for us than the individual tree named “the Senator.”
Is it too much to ask for Reuters to publish at least one article decrying the loss of European civilization? I suppose it is; that would be “racist.”