The Beast

In the valley of the Golden Ears Mountains in Maple Ridge, the Beast ran and frolicked from the beginning of time in perfect harmony with the environment.

Mother Nature took many hours of pleasure just watching the beauty of the Beast's movement and the sheer joy of living the Beast projected as it ran and jumped in play with the other animals in the valley, without a mean bone in its body. Mother Nature found perfect solitude in the mountains and a place to rest from her ever increasing workload throughout the world when time would allow.

Sadly, it came to pass one day that man became extremely proficient in the destruction of the earth. Man's technology in the production of toxic chemicals, nuclear waste, sewage, and larger machines to cut down the forests quicker had a devastating effect on the earth. The oceans were used as dumping grounds; drift nets, miles long, were set to kill anything living without regard; and oil was spilled as if to make sure everything else was destroyed.

Mother Nature worked so hard trying to repair the damage that she was just about finished. Man in his greed was ready to put his final touch to the end of nature, but he had not reckoned on the appearance of the Beast who came thundering out of the Valley of the Golden Ears to help Mother Nature.

The battle was fierce, but the Beast was not like Mother Nature who would not hurt anyone or anything. The Beast ran over people that were causing this destruction and gave battle in any way that was possible, and in the battle, man used chemicals, nuclear waste, fire and pollution of every sort to try and stop this thing from the Valley of the Golden Ears.
The Beast
When the battle was over and Mother Nature had a chance to regain her strength, she found the Beast was just about done in with man's pollution of nuclear waste, chemicals, acid rain, smog, sewage, and smoke from what was left of the forests. There was no way she could save the Beast and restore it to what it was when it ran free in the valleys and mountains around Maple Ridge. The damage was too great. This was a sad day. A few tears fell from Mother Nature and anger started to swell up in her until she was mad. In her anger, this was what she decreed:

"While the Beast cannot be as before, I can make it in another form and I will make the Beast into a statue for all the world to see. I will not let man or the sum of all mankind go without punishment. They who try to destroy by pollution and technology shall have their souls imprisoned and shall wake up with nightmares of the Beast as he captures them and does what he will.

Furthermore, I, Mother Nature, make this decree that I will give mankind another chance to change his ways and use his intelligence to help the environment.

Because of past performance, I am starting the Clock of Time, and how much time is left to the world depends on what is done. For now, the clock is running with the souls and spirits of those who would not heed my warning. Trapped, their pain and anguish can be seen in their eyes. The Beast would give no mercy if it could get at them and they would be destroyed, but their destruction would not be enough punishment. Instead, they will have to look over the world every hour and see what they have done for an eternity and every hour the Beast shall have its vengeance as it tramples upon those inside the clock who have done damage to the earth."

D.R. Brayford (Copyright 1989)