From the Author
Confucius told us to rejoice when a visitation from afar is upon us. There is a great deal of wisdom in his advice: there is always a reason for something to be here with us, to be our company, or simply to be in our way. There is a great deal of logic in the way nature dictates how everything work together, how we humans and other animals fit into the food chain. If God created us, he/she also created cicadas. Much as we humans have a reason to be here, cicadas do too.
With "My Life as a Cicada," I want to show the vulnerability of this bug; the vulnerability of all life forms. I want emphasize that life is not just a zero-sum game, and that we humans do not need to eliminate all things we find annoying. There's a higher level of wisdom that is still beyond the comprehension of the most advanced science today. And if we just blunderbuss our way through our environment, showing our total disrespect for the law of nature as we are inclined to do, we will be penalized in the future, just like we are being penalized by global warming, by the devastating pollution in our ocean, in our air and land.