Working towards a more perfect world |

Working towards a more perfect world

Tom Glass
Vail CO, Colorado
Tom Glass

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” It’s Christmas Eve. Did everybody get a tree? I hope so. They’re nice to sit beside in the house with the little tree lights on and the house lights off. I think a Christmas tree should be in every home for that reason alone.

Religion’s a crazy thing. Don’t worry. I won’t touch it, except to say that some people garden like it’s some kind of religion. Maybe it is. Maybe working the earth can fulfill that role in some fashion.

Many people lavish love, hope, and charity on their gardens because the therapeutic effect of having one’s fingers in the soil provides the clarity of mind that enables them to treat humanity with the same regard. I’m one of them.

Some find the best indication that there is something all mighty working out a plan is best evidenced in plants and the natural world. I’m one of them as well.

We talk about sustainable, and recyclable, and organic in an attempt to create a more perfect world. Is there a perfect world? I don’t know, but if there is such a thing, to me it is best witnessed close at hand in the natural world. Perhaps, it’s up to us to find our answers there. And maybe we are, despite the fact that presently as a species we continue to alter our world in ways that seem catastrophic.

It should be remembered, though, that the past 4.5 billion years haven’t always been pretty ” and certainly not without cataclysm. Sometimes, particularly when the holidays arrive in this wonderful valley, it can seem possible that we’re part of perfection. Unfortunately, we haven’t the perspective to know what part we play in it.

Taking the perspective that the errors we make are certainly Darwinian might indicate that, by design or the absence of one, we are of a perfection of a chaotic sort. I find there’s reassurance to be found in that a mistake in nature presents opportunity for both success and failure. At the moment, from the perspective presented to each of us, we appear seemingly bent on creating our own extinction.

The burden (and we have one unless one simply doesn’t care beyond tomorrow) is to work toward a more perfect world with each generation. Lacking that weight, we will surely be a brief footnote in time. I hope this holiday season we all find something within us to improve the view of the world for us all. My goodwill toward you and may we all find peace. Happy holidays.

Tom Glass writes a weekly garden column for the Vail Daily. E-mail comments or questions about this column to

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