What is this that can be heard, the pudding or stirring of molten iron as it is being forged and fashioned for the world over. The humming of machines as yarn is spun to clothe the masses, newly laid railroad tracks have connected the major cities and mines as the train comes bustling in. All of Europe can now communicate with the electric telegraph and something known as a steam engine is being toyed with as it is finding endless possibilities of use.
It was not like this a generation or even a decade before. Can there be any explanation for this? The humblest of peoples to the most aristocratic feel the wind behind this new front that has come over the landscape. It’s a revolution, but not of swords and blood or the government being toppled by restless individuals who want to establish a new order. This is a different revolution, one that has gripped the minds of men to further and better society, to bring about innovative change within the walls of manufacturing, mining, transportation and communications.
This revolution also brought sweeping change in society and commerce. There emerged a new bond of relationship among social groups and this contributed to economic and innovative growth. Not armed with guns or fists raised high, men are ready to wage this revolution with nuts and bolts in hand, and hammers in another guided by forces of industry and modernization as they march off into one the most important events in world history, the industrial revolution.
Though promising as the industrial revolution sounded, it had grave impacts on the environment and society as a whole. Europe’s forests-old and magnified through song and verse experienced greater horror and stress then war and shipbuilding during the industrial revolution.
How is that one may ask. Two simple words provide the correct answer-complete deforestation. What all out war and empire building could not do in utterly destroying Europe’s green space, the greed, avarice, lust of power completely blackened and barrened it through the building of an empire built on monetary gain. Its great symbol was the factory.
Wars come and go. But puffs of smoke do not. Even today, they billow out of smoke stacks day after day emitting harmful emissions into the atmosphere. Without the forests refreshing the air with oxygen and keeping the earth greener, cheerier by keeping healthy life sustaining gases into the environment, factories, symbols of man’s dark emotion, pour pollution in the air. It stays there. It whirls through the atmosphere, hovers over cities and goes right into our nostrils. Thus the pollution of man’s corrupted senses comes down and affects the most essential aspect of our makeup every day. Our breathing. Not only was breathing effected, but natural habitat has been destroyed in the building of a industrial society.
Factories have been able to crank out fake processed food to feed the masses which has caused worldwide obesity and a stay inside watch TV culture. Industrialists and the monetary rulers of the present world order, do not care about the environment our health, but only making money and will destroy whatever to gain it. The industrial revolution is proof of this. We must stop the greed of man. We must step up. We must become green activists for our future and for the future of our beautiful planet. What would the world been like if there was a revolution based on agriculture instead.
What it been like if it had focused on revolutionizing the way men thought of taking care of our planet and the forces that compose it. There must not be money, control and power in revolution based on bettering society rather then enslaving it. That is why we never had one.
Anyway, John Muir put it the best: Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike. This healing only takes place in the natural setting of a forest, river or meadow and not in the four concrete walls of a factory, sweat shop or coal mine.
We must revolutionize thinking once again. We must make people be industrious not for the rulers of industry, but for mankind and for the air, water, trees, animals and the heavens above and below that make up this wonderful planet we know as earth.