Originally Posted by BigJohn
It used to be, people really believed in Alchemy and believed the Alchemist was one of the greatest........
Now people can do and do better what nature can do.......
Indeed. Our ancestors wouldn't be able to believe what is possible now.
It also makes me think about how we aquire our beloved crystals and stones now. There is no denying that there is great value in the crystals we collect and wear. They are marvels of nature created over millions of years. There is something magical being able to hold them in your hand.
At the same time there are a lot of negatives that we often don't choose to think about. A lot of these crystals and stones are being sold for weapons for war causes. Mining is often done by people (and children at times) who do dangerous work and often get underpaid, not being able to make a decent living while others not facing the dangers walk away with the profits.
Also, it often does unreparable damage to nature.
These are uncomfortable things to think about but they are reality.
It made me look different at 'manmade' gems. I'm not quite sure where I stand on them but I have to admit that they are a more ethical choice in a lot of cases. I think they deserve their place and it will be interesting how people will look at this in the future.