Tuesday, February 07, 2006

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change

I felt joy today to read this news coming out of Indonesia.

There is something about knowing that someplace somewhere there is a place untouched by time, by fear, by greed. That there are places that have never been walked in anger. A place where God's creation is unmarred by the hands of two legged beasties. Someplace that does not know CocaCola or Dupont or Exxon.

Yes, a few two legged beasties went there. I think they mean well. I hope that the valley is left unmolested. I hope that there is another valley over another mountain that no mortal has yet seen and never will. That we'll always have wonders.

The title of my post is from my favorite poem and my first thought when reading the story:

Pied Beauty

GLORY be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89).


At 7:18 PM, Blogger jason evans said...

There is still hope for the world.

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Lisa S. said...


Amen to that. With all the misery in the news these days, it was so refreshing to read this story.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Erik Ivan James said...

Thank you Lisa. Now, sadly, what the BBC has done by publishing this is two things:

1) brought to light the existance of the paradise; and
2) by doing so, begun the thought process among many of "How can I get access and make a fortune of money?"

The operative statement:....."Dr Behler believes its future is secure in the short term."

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Lisa S. said...


agreed but in my heart of naive hearts I do believe there is another valley over another mountain that no-one has seen.

The big problem is with logging for timber exports. I'l like to see Indonesia cordon off the whole area to lumbering, development, and tourism..enforced with AK47s

At 4:28 PM, Blogger S. R. Hatcher said...

This article makes one feel hope that there are some other untouched places out there somewhere. And, that they remain untouched. Incredible to think in this particular time, there's any untouched spot on earth. Gave me a moment of hope.


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