Theosophy

Civilization’s Invasion of Nature

H. P. Blavatsky

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Owing to the triumphant march and the invasion of civilization, Nature, as well as man and ethics, is sacrificed, and is fast becoming artificial. Climates are changing, and the face of the whole world will soon be altered. Under the murderous hand of the pioneers of civilization, the destruction of whole primeval forests is leading to the drying  up of rivers,  and  the  opening  of the Canal of Suez has changed the  climate of Egypt as  that of Panama will divert the course of the Gulf Stream.

Almost tropical countries are now becoming cold and rainy, and fertile lands threaten to be soon transformed into sandy deserts. A few years more and there will not remain within a radius of fifty miles around our large cities one single rural spot inviolate-from vulgar speculation. In scenery, the picturesque  and the  natural is daily replaced by the grotesque and the artificial. Scarce a landscape in England but the fair  body of nature is desecrated by the advertisements of “Pears’ Soap” and “Beecham’s Pills.”

The pure air of the country is polluted  with smoke, the  smells of greasy railway-engines, and the sickening odours of gin, whiskey, and beer. And once that every natural spot in the surrounding scenery is gone, and the  eye of the  painter finds but the artificial and hideous products of modern speculation to rest upon, artistic taste will have to follow suit and disappear along with them.

From “Civilization,  The Death of Art and Beauty” Lucifer, May 1891

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