Monday, September 29, 2008

Forests burn, houses crumble, banks colapse.

Forest fires are very interesting. They destroy life. They decimate large areas, taking out thousands of old trees. They chase wildlife out of the area, killing some in the process. Forest fires ruin vistas, turning once beautiful landscapes into charred and desolate slopes.
Yet after the fire passes, life returns. Because the old growth is gone, the new growth is able to grow strong. Animals reenter the area and reestablish territories. The new trees grow tall and strong, and they too become old. The cycle begins again.
Sometimes people build houses and buildings too close to the forests. It's understandable, the forest is a beautiful place. It provides great shelter, lovely views, and plenty of food. But the fires will come.
Forest managers know that the secret to preventing large and destructive forest fires is to remove old dead growth before it can become fuel for the fire. The forest managers spend a lot of time and effort carefully selecting old growth and removing it, along with any dead debris. By keeping the forest floor clean they may not prevent every fire, but will make the ones they do encounter more manageable.
We need forest fires. If the dead debris is not removed, new growth can not thrive. If there are no forest managers, or if they do not do their job, then the forest must burn to allow for the renewing of the land.
I say let the financial lending institutions burn. The old growth needs to be cleaned out and the dead debris needs to be removed. Pouring massive amounts of money into the fire will not put it out, it will only force the fire to spread elsewhere. We need to dig some trenches to contain the blaze, but we cannot expect to snuff it out without suffering some losses. The fire will burn out eventually, and next time we can learn from this lesson - keep the forest floor clean, and the next fire will not be as devastating.