MAN by Steve Cutts

This short video, “MAN”, was created by Steve Cutts, an English illustrator and animator. Its individual style and straightforward trope have incisively shown that human wantonly destroyed and plundered the nature. In this video, wherever the man goes, whole animals and plants suffer disasters: snakes turn into leather boots, birds are shot dead, seals are skinned for coats, the elephant turns into a piano. What’s worse, the man throws toxic chemicals into the sea, slaughters many fishes, holds the animal prisoner for circus, does biochemical weapons research on animals and makes trees into books … The world has been changed into concrete jungle from vibrant natural attractions and become lifeless. Only tons of rubbish and nonliving machines are piling up in the world. The man has become the king of the world. The aliens, who come with joy, see that the earth has been ruined by the man, so they smack around him and leave. And then, this video is over. With the classic score, In the Hall of the Mountain King, this short video is pushed to a climax step by step, which sets off the imperious man.

This short video resonates with many online commenters. They said it is real. The development tendency of modern society is so cruel. I was struck by this video: Where there are people, there is destruction and hunting. For leading a better life and making more money, we continue to take from nature, which causes the extinction or near-extinction of many species and serious ecological damage. If mankind continues in this way, we could imagine what could have happened.

Actually, we all know that the heavens and earth and all things are created by God and He has long prepared a suitable living environment for us. All things have their value and significance. It’s just we ignore God’s earnest intentions for us because of quick profit and enjoyment. Just as God’s words say, “God doesn’t just provide people with their daily needs of food and drink, He provides mankind with everything they need, including everything people see and things that can’t be seen. God upholds, manages, and rules the living environment that mankind needs. Whatever environment mankind needs in whatever season, God has prepared it. Whatever atmosphere or temperature that is suitable for human existence is also under God’s control and none of these rules occur by themselves or at random; they are the result of God’s rule and His deeds. God Himself is the source of all of these rules and is the source of life for all things. This is an established and unassailable fact whether or not you believe it, whether or not you can see it, or whether or not you can understand it.” “Each corner of the environment, the length and breadth of the earth, and every living thing on the earth—both the living and dead—were prepared by God and He thought through them: Why is this thing needed? Why is that unnecessary? What is the purpose of having this thing here and why should that go there? God had already thought all this through and there is no need for people to think about them. All of God’s creation is so perfect!

If we can be grateful for God’s creation and enjoy life in the suitable living environment God has prepared and arranged for us, the world will be hugely different. But the world has been destroyed now, how should we do to get all of this back? There is an answer in God’s words: “How would one get all of this back? What could people do if God was unwilling to create it again? What could you do? (We could do nothing.) Actually, there is something you can do and it’s very simple and when I tell you what it is you’ll immediately know that it is feasible. Why has man found himself in his current environmental predicament? Is it because of man’s greed and destruction? If man ends this destruction, won’t the living environment gradually right itself? If God does nothing, if God no longer wishes to do anything for mankind—that is to say, He doesn’t want to intervene—the best method would be for mankind to stop this destruction and return things to how they were. Putting an end to all this destruction means to stop the plundering and devastation of the things God has created. This will allow the environment where man lives to gradually improve. Failure to do so will result in further destruction of the environment and it will only become more serious. Don’t you see that My method is simple? (Yes, it is.) It is simple and feasible. Simple indeed, and it is feasible for some people, but is this feasible for the vast majority of people on earth? (It isn’t.) For you, at the very least, is it feasible? (Yes.) What does your ‘yes’ stem from? Could one say that it involves establishing a basis of understanding about God’s deeds? Could one say it involves abiding by God’s rule and plan? (Yes.)”

It can be seen that if we want to change this situation, we need to know God’s sovereignty and arrangements, put aside our greed and desires, and stop our destruction. Only in this way can the environment be gradually improved. Hope we can start from ourselves and from the little things around us. Thus, the environment will surely be improved and we can also know more about God’s true love for us.

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