New fables of Aesop 6: an island in which human lived


1-ボラボラ島

Once upon a time, a rich green island was located in the southern sea which sunlight pours.

One high mountain predominated at the center of the island.

People who arrived at the island by canoes have begun to live.

 

Before long they had come to live along the all coast dividing into a lot of tribes.

They fished and plowed the field and got wood and birds and beasts in the mountain.

They praised a god in appreciation for many blessings of nature.

 

One old man said at a certain time.

“Although the foot of the mountain was filled with the fields and its harvest increased, I feel that wildlife and wood of the mountain are decreasing by comparing to ancient times.”

Probably since the forest decreased, many landslides came to be frequent when it rained, and the field came to dry immediately when it was fine.

However, everybody was satisfied with the daily life and was not worried.

 

When they became uneasy, each tribe prayed for rain with great eclat by making a big altar.

Each tribe made a lot of god’s statue that is larger by competing.

Only an own tribe wished that there were maximum divine grace.

 

And moreover time passed.

 

昔々、陽光が降り注ぐ南の海に緑豊かな島がありました。

その島の真ん中には高い山が一つ聳えていました。

カヌーに乗って島にたどり着いた人々は住み始めました。

 

やがて島を取り巻く海岸には多くの部族に分かれて暮らすようになりました。

彼らは漁をし、畑を耕し、山からは木材や鳥獣を得ていました。

彼らは自然の恵みに感謝し、神を讃えました。

 

ある時、一人の老人が言いました。

「山の裾は畑で一杯になって収穫が増えたが、昔に比べて山の鳥獣や材木が減ったような気がする。」

樹林が減った為か、雨が降れば土砂崩れが頻発し、晴れると畑はすぐ乾燥するようになりました。

しかし、皆は日々の暮らしに満足し、心配することはありませんでした。

 

 

不安になると、それぞれの部族は大きな祭壇を作り、雨乞いを盛大に行いました。

部族は競うように、より大きい多くの神像を作りました。

自らの部族こそが神の最大の御加護があらんと願ったのです。

 

それから、また歳月が流れました。

 

2 荒涼とした島

“It is serious!  Neighbor fellows began to cut the tree of our mountain!”

A young man breathlessly came.

A tribe’s meeting was held.

“I always thought that it was strange. The decreased wildlife had been caused by the neighbor fellows “.

“ Everybody revenge!”

“Let’s crush eyes of neighbor’s god’s statue, and pull down it. “

 

「大変だ! 隣の奴らが我々の山の木を切り始めたぞ!」

青年が息せき切って飛び込んで来ました。

部族の会議が開かれました。

「以前から、おかしいと思っていたのだ。獲物が減ったのは隣の奴らのせいだったのだ。」

「皆で、仕返しだ!」

「奴らの神像の目を潰し、倒そう!」

3 モアイ像

The last day came at last.

All tribes killed each other mutually, and scrambled for everything in the mountain and the fields in order to live.

Finally, the mountain became nudity.

Even if they wish to escape from the island, the wood that builds a ship was lost.

The island that was a paradise became the hell then.

 

 

とうとう最後の日が訪れました。

すべての部族が互いに殺し合い、生きるために山や畑の総べてを奪い合いました。

最後に、山は丸裸になり、島から逃げようとしても船を造る木材すらなくなっていました。

あれほど楽園だった島は、今や阿鼻叫喚の地獄となった。

 

4-イースター島

After hundreds of years, a mariner looked at fallen merciless moai statue of about 1000, and a desolate island.

It was the Easter Island.

 

Why would the people didn’t pay attention to a disaster (depletion of resources) that happen surely?

Although a lot of civilizations have cleared the path by rare capability, but soon it became self-conceited and ruined oneself in many cases.

 

数百年後、そこを訪れた航海者の目に映ったのは、千体近い倒れた無惨なモアイ像と荒れ果てたイースタ島だけでした。

 

なぜ人々は、確実に起こる災厄(資源の枯渇)に目をつむったのだろうか?

多くの文明は、その類希な能力によって道を切り開いたが、やがて慢心し身を滅ぼすことも多かったのです。

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “New fables of Aesop 6: an island in which human lived

  1. 今も昔も・・。
    過去の遺跡や遺産から学ぶことは多いのに、それに目を向けず観光だけに終わってしまいがちですね。

  2. The circle of life continue. One can look at destruction as an end, or one can also look at it as a new beginning. We, humans, consider ourselves as master of this planet, may even claims on whole universe to be ours only if we had the power to do so.

    Remember the competition to reach outer space, the Moon, even now the race is on to reach other planets in our solar system. How many satellites are there orbiting our planet, which are of no use to us, many are not even in control of humans anymore. Human being are just like any other species of creature, created by nature. We are born from the nature, we consume natural resources (keep turning one form of material into another throughout our life, with our body, using our mind and limbs for actions) and then we die, degenerate and became part of nature.

    Also consider the way mountaineer try to conquer the high mountain peaks. Maybe for few it is a test of their own but for majority they want to be the winner by beating competitor. Think about the waste which is left behind on the high peaks by us. At time even some unfortunate mountaineer, become a baggage for others in the group and are left behind, some dead, some to die a slow death. And all this to achieve what? Few moments at the top of the peak, some pictures, memories, an ego boost of achieving something which only very few others have done.

    In some unfortunate cases Mother Nature becomes our competitor. Since its too strong for us to take her on directly, we try to find some surrogate enemies (e.g. neighbors, or people we do not like) . But actually we are a part of Mother Nature, just a very very small component of it. We are even smaller than a speck of dust. It would be just our own ego which may makes us thing that we can create or destroy the nature. These are just false claims, all we are doing is preponing our own doom and destruction. Nature will re-build itself, we may or may not be there, the Mother Nature will remain as it is forever.

    The truths of life are very simple, even when we try to seek complicated answers. The philosophical explanations can be as intriguing as the intellectual level of the person giving those explanations. But at fundamental level, the rules of nature are the ultimate truths and they are very simple
    …..continue….

  3. Recently there has been a tragedy in the himalayan mountain region of India. Thousands of people have died in flash floods in a state called Uttarakhand. I specially feel the pained, because that land is my connection to my fore-fathers who lived there for centuries. Only my father came down from that mountain region to New Delhi in search of better employment and thats where I was born and have lived my life. But my heart still beats for the mountains. There has been a temple called Kedarnath high up the mountains, close to the glacier from where the River Ganga originates. Temple has been there for more than 5000 years, it was re-discovered more than 1000 years back and since then people regularly go there to offer prayer. Initially it was hard for anyone to reach there, so only very few attempted to go there. With development came roads, transportation system and trade which made the hard travel more like a vacation. So the place turned into a tourist spot, even the Govt. started promoting it as such. A place where there was only a small temple and terrain so in-hospitable that no body could actually lived, turned into a market place, with hotels, guest-houses, banks, shops, parking lots, etc. etc. On a fateful night last month when the nature’s fury struck with high amount rain/ cloud burst which resulted in a flash flood, there were more than 5000 people in that area. All of them swept away by the water, along with the hotels, shops, cars, everything. Once the dark hours were over, very few were alive inside the Temple, which is the only thing that could survive. http://wp.me/pnx59-1gh

    There was a lot of shock, sadness and sorrow all around. But as much as I know my fallow humans, it will be just a short term shock. Soon the temple will open once again for the people, the roads will be repaired, the hotels will be reconstructed, slowly people will start visiting the place once again and it will be just the same, maybe even worst. That’s how the things have been on this planet earth. Thats how we humans are. There is nothing called man-made disaster, it is all Natural. Because we are a part of this nature. Whatever we do is based on what we have learned from the nature. the destruction is necessary, for restart like death is necessary for continuation of life through rebirth.

    —continue…

  4. We can just keep blaming each other till cows come back home. But blaming anyone doesn’t change anything. Blaming ourselves is also not going to change anything. Blaming Nature is also not going to change anything.

    Rules of Nature are the Truths. Change is the Rule. We may not may not wish to change, but we will have to. Things constantly change around us, we are changing every second, some cells in our body die, new ones are generated. Accept the changes openly, no-one has the power to change the rules of the Nature. Not even nature can do that, because Nature itself is nothing but only an outcome of these Rules of changes.

    Every action of ours is only going to come back towards us.

    Some people in India feel proud that we have the oldest and longest surviving civilizations here in India, maybe there are cities, monuments and other proofs which indicate it to be true to some extent. Why some civilizations survived while others could not? One answer could be change. The people kept changing themselves to adapt to changing times. E.g. when animals started becoming extinct, people turned vegetarians, when powerful invaders came from Western side, some people fought and died, some other fought and when lost moved to mountains, some joined them (accepted their religion/ beliefs) and became a part of them, majority accepted them as rulers and continued to live their life with additional set of rules under the occupying rulers – this thing happened many-a-times over the centuries. Despite the harsh conditions we survived, because we changed ourselves, adapted to the situation to survive.

    …end of comment…

    • I understood what you wanted to say.
      You have very wide knowledge and also know the principle of nature.
      Furthermore, you realize that nature is destruction and reproduction.
      Moreover, you say that the people have well adapted themselves to survive.

      The things that you said are no mistake.
      I point out only several things that are slightly different from my thought.
      * Although there is the universal law of nature, human beings can not know all.
      * Human beings reflected on the destruction and the calamity that they have experienced, and then have employed it efficiently.
      * It usually needed better knowledge of nature or society to adapt to survive. It was culture and science.

      If you will give me comment, please write the main point it.

      私はあなたの言いたいことを理解した。
      あなたは非常に広い知識を持ち、また自然の原理も知っている。
      さらに自然は破壊と再生であることを悟っている。
      その上、人々は生き残る為によく適応して来たと言う。

      あなたの言われることに間違いはない。
      私と少し異なることだけを指摘します。
      * 自然には普遍の法則があるが、人間はそれを総べて知っているわけではない。
      * 人類は経験した破壊や災厄を反省し、次にそれを生かしてきた。
      * 生き延びる為に適応することは、通常、より良い知識(自然や社会)が必要でした。それが文化や科学でした。

      もしコメントを下さるなら、要点をまとめて書いて下さい。

  5. It is through history that humanity can learn. Or that is to say one would hope we can learn. This story has been repeated in different locations by different people, because they either did not know, would not listen or did not care. We can only hope that those who do understand history have voices loud enought to draw attention to how we care for the earth, so we can remain together for many years.

    We must also remember that climate change cannot be totally blamed on man – though the population of men has depleted resources. Climate change cycles may be long throughout history, but they exist and nothing that any one man or group of men can do will stop that cycle.

    • I think that what you said is just. I could read and learn your good comment.
      I am glad that you properly react to my problem submission.

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