chapter  9
24 Pages

Drought in World Literature, Art, Philosophy and Community

So far we have examined the nature and impacts of drought from an academic point of view using the publications of researchers, officials and, where possible, resource managers themselves (from farmers through to commercial and government planners). But it is not surprising that the recurring phenomenon of drought, with such immediate and potentially dangerous impacts upon people, their property, their livelihoods and environments, should have a resonance upon human cultures and find its own image in literature, art, and communities’ philosophies and attitudes to life. We might now ask:

• What form does that image take? Is it always threatening and destructive of all life forms or does it provide a challenge to stimulate humanity’s ‘Contriving Brain and Skilful Hand’ (Malin 1955)?