Take a stroll anywhere in Langkawi, chances are that you might be lucky enough to come across a butterfly. It can be seen in any location, be it along a forest trail, by a stream at the foot of a hill or circling around a typical kampong garden. As a young child growing up in the Cameron Highlands, I had the pleasure and opportunity to observe butterflies in their own environment, truly the darlings of the insect world. I watched them in awe, blinded by the magic of the meek and at the same time powerful butterflies, in various stages of their lives. I then realized that I have inherited a legacy that I feel was a responsibility for me to carry and safeguard, rather than a mere passing of knowledge that I believed some of us might undervalue.
Now as an adult, I have made it my personal crusade to educate our society on the significance and importance of these graceful creatures. I am doing my very best to study and gather information on them, however small that the details might be. I am sad to say that with only a handful of us and the lack of time, we are racing neck to neck against deforestation, made in the name of development. Butterflies thrive in the cradle of Mother Nature but mankind has been very much instrumental in, how shall I put it, ensuring that it is survival of the fittest, as the saying goes.
We should be educated and enlightened on what the impact that this full scale assault on nature could bring. The message that I am stressing on also goes out to all aspects of nature in general. I am glad to say that there are still some people out there who are dedicating their whole life for a worthy cause, to ensure that the preservation of different parts of nature goes on, to counter the effects of deforestation. We hope to be able to gain more friends in the future, who will see that the beauty of nature is actually a God-given gift to all of earths residents, regardless of species. The age-old question of whether humans can live side by side with nature can actually be answered, if only we can keep within our hearts some space for the environment.
All the knowledge that I have gained will be essential in ensuring that the future generation might have a more solid foundation to latch on to, when it comes to the appreciation and understanding of this species. I will be very happy, if I am able to leave a small mark in this world and remembered by others who share the same dreams and passion as me. This thought is also dedicated to those who will come to love butterflies.
As a very old saying goes, we did not inherit the earth from our ancestors but we only borrowed it from our children. We must ensure that the future generation might have the same opportunity to enjoy butterflies and nature, just as their forefathers did. I might not know much of anything else but at least I have found a few good reasons to make my precious life a bit more colourful, like the wings of the fragile but rainbow-hued butterfly, flying in a scene of serenity, waiting to be discovered by you and me.
Let us all spread our wings and fly without any reason or doubt, for then we might be able to know and feel what it is like to be in that similar dream-like existence.