Thursday, June 14, 2007
Pure ugliness is another form of environmental blight. Ireland has the most beautiful landscape and yet nobody seems to care that it is blemished with more and more fengshui-opposed telephone poles. Those poles should be removed as they have been in most European towns and villages. Yet, driving back to Dingle from Tralee, along the stretch that is being repaved there are even more poles waiting to be set up, instead of using the opportunity to bury the wires while repaving the road. Electricity belongs underground; we are surely not healthier for being under its crisses and crosses. And our unseeing eyes, tho' used to the spectacle and so shutting it out, still suffer from the sight. A great Native American once foresaw the future which he described as people wandering about under endless spider webs. Fie on the planning!