Friday, April 28, 2017

Omer 2017 Day 18: Big Yellow Taxi

Day 18: Netzach in Tiferet, Endurance in Beauty
Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

"I wrote 'Big Yellow Taxi' on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart . . . this blight on paradise." -Joni Mitchell on her inspiration for Big Yellow Taxi

On Tu B'Shevat, I wrote about Heschel's suggestion that the earth is not Mother Earth, but our sister, a sibling to humanity, both of us created by God. Today, Mitchell reminds us that we should not take nature's beauty for granted. The beauty around us will not endure without some help to maintain and protect it.