Charles Darwin and The Galapagos Islands.”The Wonder List” with Bill Wier

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I previous recorded a show about traveling and thought I would record an episode of “The Wonder List with Bill Weir” .

The Galapagos Islands.

This wasn’t your typical boring TV travel show it was much better than I had anticipated! It’s like national geographic tv, world news, and conservational documentary had a baby and BOOM! The Wonder List was born.

It was Bill Weir’s mission that intrigued me to keep watching. His mission is to capture all the beautiful places of the world at this time and space because the world is forever changing and his hope that we as a human population will be able to enjoy the beauty (natural beauty) of this world. Who’s to tell if the Galapagos will still be intact with its majestic tortoises and its famous finch bird that Charles Darwin discovered so long ago.

It was interesting to learn that Charles Darwin started off as a sail mate to a Christian discoverer. This Christian discoverer was given the orders to sail off and discover the lands of the Galapagos. His mission was to prove that God was the sole reason that all living things were created in the 6 days. Because this Christian discoverer had a family history of suicide, he decided that he needed a partner to keep him sane. So off they sail to the islands. They quarrel so much that these two often had to be separated so Charles Darwin would go out to the islands to get his much needed space. It was during the heated breaks from his Christian discover partner that he began to formulate his own ideas that these living creatures were not just created by God but by evolution. As for the Christian discoverer he eventually killed himself and Darwin didn’t publish his survival of the fittest theories until a few years later. The rest was history.

Though survival of the fittest and natural selection are one in the same has happened in the past and is still happening apparently right in the same islands that Darwin had created these theories and because it’s human interaction with the islands long ago had caused such a mess ecologically, people today are dedicated to righting their wrong through their conservationist work. Human intervention in keeping the ecological balance is dangerous because a little bit of this can be too much of that and everything goes awry. But with the efforts of these special groups, we can try to undo some of the damage that was done so long ago and to some that is still happening today.

An important quote that stayed with at the end of the segment that touched me. It was when the story of the longest living tortoise had died and his care taker said When everything is lost, hope is the only thing left to lose”

And with that, never lose hope because when you think you’ve lost it, it’s hope that reminds you that still have something to hold on to.

-Chrystal

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