X’tabai

X'tabai
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You find yourself wandering late at night away from your hotel, your iPhone disconnected from the internet, when you see a woman seductively bearing her breasts, brushing her long, dark hair.  She never says a word, only beckoning you to follow her deeper into the forest. You do so in a drunken stupor until you reach a large black hole opening up on the jungle floor. The black hole has no bottom in sight, yet she lures you closer with her bewitching eyes and luring finger. With one last seductive gesture, the woman spreads her arms yielding her body to whoever wishes to take it.  Transfixed, you follow her into the pit…splash…never to return again.

The legend of X’tabai is an ancient Mayan story of temptation, seduction, and suicide. Our beautiful actress and friend, Beatriz, plays the role of X’tabia several times throughout the film as a symbolic representation of the dangers that lie ahead, warning us of our inevitable extinction if we continue to follow a path of environmental suicide. It is a reminder of our human nature; how we are innately inclined to neither look far ahead or far afield. Rather, to live longer and better lives, to achieve and progress as a civilization using technology and innovation. Sadly, our improvements over the last 100 years have not changed us, as a species, at all. The solemn gaze of X’tabia over her depleting rainforest is a sad reminder of the weaknesses we have yet to overcome. And time is running out…

The great dilemma of environmental reasoning stems from this conflict between short-term and long-term values. Reconciling our reckless human nature with millions of years of intricately designed evolutionary growth requires an enduring vision of Mother Earth, namely a willingness to apply conscious restraint in our everyday lives. To understand this is to accept responsibility and to protect our one and only life source.

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We evolved here, one among many species, across millions of years, and exist as one organic miracle. This is our cradle and nursery, our school, and remains our one and only home.

– Edward O. Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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