The Garden of Earthly Delights

*Note: I wrote this piece almost one year ago, when the documentary was first released. Since then, we have had a series of what we call “natural disasters”, and what I call, “a product of the human race”.

How amazingly clever it was to use such an intricate painting, mirroring times of yesterday, today and tomorrows tragedies. “The Garden of Earthly Delights” was painted by Hieronymous Bosch around the Renaissance era, split in to 3 separate panels, representing a cycle we are all familiar with; we are born, we live, and then we die.
The question at hand is, how can all living things expect to continue the cycle of life if our home is no longer in existence? Leonardo DiCaprio did an amazing job at making me more aware, and depressed, about the impact humans have had on Earth. Before the Flood is a documentary that is almost as dramatic as I am. The only difference is that the issues at hand are far more important than me getting my way with my significant other. One of the things that stuck with me the most was that aside from global warming, there is also global cooling. The idea that Europe can get colder than it already gets is crazy. The idea that my home state of California can and will get hotter, is reality. Aside from feeling a bit of hopelessness after watching Before The Flood, there is also a great sense of urgency. For those who have become more involved in politics after our country elected a less than desired president, saving our planet is equally as crucial. Our home seems to be inching closer to the last panel of the painting. The panel where mother nature and all living things turn on one another – morally, physically, ethically, and literal hell breaks loose. It is our job to save a place that is home to those who have little to no say; children, the elderly, amazing animals, giving plants and our future children.

by Hieronymous Bosch

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