Development = Disturbing Nature

May 15, 2020.  Work began in earnest today on the septic system with the delivery of three loads of sand. (We will get up to ten more loads, then a load or two of gravel.)  I made this commitment last fall when we pulled out trees to clear the space, but I still feel regret as I watch the sterile man-made mound grow. This is the price of human development. This is what’s required in “civilized society” to manage our human excrement. I know this, but I can’t help but feel like I’m damaging the land. Have I become what they call “a tree hugger??” I don’t know, but I do know that I am more aware every year of our impact on Mother Earth, and of all the invisible infrastructure that we take for granted in urban areas. I think it’s a good thing, to be aware—but it doesn’t always “feel” good!

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