Submitted by D.A. Hogan, Tarkio, Missouri

In the end, There was Earth, and it was with form and beauty. And man dwelt upon the lands of the Earth, the meadows and trees, and he said, “Let us build our dwellings in this place of beauty.” And he built cities and covered the Earth with concrete and steel. And the meadows were gone. And man said, “It is good.”

On the second day, man looked upon the waters of the Earth. And man said, “Let us put our wastes in the waters that the dirt will be washed away.” And man did. And the waters became polluted and foul in their smell. And man said, “It is good.”

On the third day, man looked upon the forests of the Earth and saw they were beautiful. And man said, “Let us cut the timber for our homes and grind the wood for our use.” And man did. And the lands became barren and the trees were gone. And man said, “It is good.”

On the fourth day, man saw that animals were in abundance and ran in the fields and played in the sun. And man said, “Let us cage these animals for our amusement and kill them for our sport.” And man did. And there were no more animals on the face of the Earth. And man said, “It is good.”

On the fifth day, man breathed the air of the Earth. And man said, “Let us dispose of our wastes into the air for the winds shall blow them away.” And man did. And the air became heavy with dust and choked and burned. And man said, “It is good.”

On the sixth day, man saw himself, and seeing the many languages and tongues, he fussed and hated. And man said, “Let us build great machines and destroy these least they destroy us.” And man built great machines and the Earth was fired with the rage of great wars. And man said, “It is good.”