Treat the Earth well,
It was loaned to you by your children.
-- Native American proverb
I recently watched “An Inconvenient Truth.” I bought it back in November but Mrs. Shife and I have put off watching it mainly because we did not want to be depressed. It is a poor excuse, but it is the truth. Well we finally watched it last weekend. And since I am being so truthful I must admit I was not depressed after seeing the film. I actually felt inspired and hopeful. We have the technology and tools to turn things around and I sincerely believe we can avert the climate crisis.
So what is up with my blog title? I guess my feelings of hope and inspiration vanished when I saw this story. It is not about environmental destruction or the climate crisis. It is about two teen boys who decided for fun that they would cook a three-month-old puppy in the oven. I just can not fathom what would make you want to torture and kill a poor, defenseless animal like that. And you wonder why people show more compassion for animals than humans? We were all young and dumb, but this is not stupidity … this is malicious and cruel. And cruelty does not deserve any mercy.
So to me hope does seem so far away when I see stories like this one. If we have people who can’t even appreciate some of the creatures that we share the planet with then how in the heck can we expect them to make Earth safer for future generations. I know this is just one example that I am using to oversimplify the entire human race, but just look at the destruction and extinction we are causing all over the globe to animals.
I know exactly what my practical and lovely wife would tell me, and so I am going to share it with you. It is The Starfish Story, and I encourage you to read it.
So I am back to my original thought, does hope seem so far away? Sure, but I now realize that each of us has been gifted with the ability to make a difference in the world. Some of us choose to use this gift and unfortunately others do not. When we can become aware of that gift, we gain strength through our visions and develop the power to shape the future. We must each find our starfish. And if we throw our stars wisely and well, the world will be a better place and we can make a difference.