The trip advisor who's also the driver of the bus started talking about the journey and the route we will take to reach the mountains
As I said It was sunset. Everyone in the bus can see the Gold Coast Bats starting to fly high up in the sky. The trip advisor said these are called the flying foxes or the fruit bats.
The trip advisor mentioned that they have functional eyes unlike the regular bats that use sound waves to sense their way. He also said you can distinguish their faces. I'm not sure if he means that each flying fox has a unique face though. I didn't take a "personal" photo of a "flying fox" during my stay in Australia so I can't judge if it's really looks like a fox. Google can help though :) (photo from Google is the one down below). I used to see them every night though I always keep distance. They are really scary
They are called fruit bats because, obviously, they eat fruits. They don't suck blood. Interesting!!
To me it's not interesting... Come on, a bat that sucks human blood and turns into a vampire midnight to kiss pretty woman is much more interesting imho :p
The trip advisor mentioned that unfortunately the number of the flying foxes are decreasing. They are threatened to extinction. He pointed that it's "interesting" to realize that when the number of people living in the region increase, the number of these animals decrease. That makes me wonder about how amazingly this equation is "true".
I mean the region is rich with resources. Rain forests with huge trees, bats and birds are among them. Human want to live there. Human will develop their powers and science to maximize consumption of the land's resources. Human would cut trees among other resources to build their houses or to make farms.
Animals on the other hand can't adapt to this change. Imaging two flying foxes hanging on a tree. One bat sense something wrong with the tree and would say to his partner "hey mate. Do you think what I'm thinking". the other bat says "oh. WTF NOT AGAIN. THE TREE IS GOING DOWN". Then they would search for another tree
ولم يعم الفرح والسرور
And in another story, you can skip if you couldn't bare the previous story and I know you couldn't, a flying fox is on his way back to his tree after a long night of searching for food. It didn't see its tree. It called its friend over the phone and said "Hey mate. I don't see my tree. All I see is a house and a road beside!!"
I know when you read the two stories your face like -_________-
So I should stop these silly stories
Back to the main issue. Animals couldn't adapt to this change. They can't survive on a land where human dominates and are consuming the land's resources. Managing to find food is getting much harder for them. Climate is changing. Human are taking and consuming but not giving back.
Realizing that, The Australian authorities and communities are making huge efforts in protecting natural habitat. Reducing cutting trees, taking care of animals and protecting endangered species from extinction.
How does that compare to our country?
In our country, we neither have the green forests nor that much amount of natural habitat or animals. The only natural resource you can think of is "Oil" which will end anyway. So we can't for example take care of oil or grow oil like the way Australia treat their forests and animals.
We are consuming... Are we giving back?
Think with me... What has changed in Kuwait the last say 10 or 15 years... and compare it to Qatar or UAE
New streets and bridges!
umm not that much change
but is this how we should give back? What are we doing anyway?
We are still relying on "oil" while UAE and Qatar are buying big companies shares and busy turning their country to a financial state. Not to mention tourism. They managed to make their land, that is basically a desert, attract all the tourists and "shoppers" from around the world.
Can we have another source of energy?
Can we have railways?
Can we encourage ppl to use public transport?
Can we reduce the two million non-kuwaiti workers and start building our country by ourselves?
Can we make our country attract tourists?
Even though we see ads about "Kuwait's Future" showing future projects, ppl here seems skeptical about it. May be because we lost confidence. May be we only care about what we'll get "Now"
Or I should say we're busy in getting more money and "be Muslims" now!
For how many years our "Oil" would last?
There's no specific number
May be we don't wanna bother ourselves calculating that. May be we don't care about the future
To be continued...
I'll leave with some more Gold Coast photos
Note 1: For your eyes to enjoy the beauty of the photos click to enlarge
Note 2: For Thoughts in and about Gold Coast evening tour - Part 1 click here