03 Aug How to Start a Revolution- Against Ourselves…
“When the blood in your veins returns to the sea, and the earth in your bones returns to the ground, perhaps then you will remember that this land does not belong to you, it is you who belongs to this land.” ~Native American Quote
Recently, it seems that the ancient souls of the universe are crying out to me. They are calling me to awareness; to a call of action.
I have been besieged by media; inundated and reminded of the responsibility of humans. It is our duty and social and civil obligation to the planet- to literally make the world a better place. Be the change you want to see.
It is a quest I cannot go alone.
I am deeply saddened that as a nation, we still have so much barbarism. Recently, the world heard about the death of Cecil, the 13-year-old beloved lion, who was killed for the pleasure of the hunt. While so many were mourning his death, there were other stories, just as important, that were missed.
In Nairobi, Kenya, Poachers took the lives of five elephants In Tsavo National Park. The large, lifeless bodies were discovered by rangers the following day.
It appeared to be a family: an adult female and her four calves, her children. All five had their tusks sawed off. It is said their tusks can be sold for more than $1000 per pound in Asia. Sadly, these stories, and many others like it, go unheard every day.
Wanting to become more aware of world events and wanting to understand what I can do to make a difference, I recently started reading…a lot. It broke my heart. I read of unprecedented large-scale deforestation. I read of the killing and torture of orangutans for palm oil. I read about the obliteration and near extinction of so many animals from the cutting down of our rainforests; global warming.
We, as a people, are causing an environmental genocide.
I read an article about oil drilling in the Arctic endangering polar bears—as though poaching, pollution, and global warming were not big enough threats to these majestic animals with fur of snow. I read about the torturing of dogs as part of an annual Yulin dog eating festival. I read about whaling in Japan and The Dolphin Hunt in Denmark’s Faroe Islands. I read about 24 elephants who, at the tender age of five, were being transported by air from Zimbabwe to China—ripped and torn from their families for the entertainment of the masses.
I watched the documentary Blackfish and cried for the orca whale that could not be consoled when her baby calf was stolen from her. I watched a viral video of pigs crammed one on top of the other in Toronto. They were being transported in a metal truck in 110’ (F) weather. All were showing obvious signs of heat stroke: convulsions, heavy panting, tremors, and many were losing consciousness. I watched a different video showing a mass of chickens, so crammed in coups they could not move. If they did manage a few steps, most would collapse from their legs snapping as they could not bear the weight of their hormonally injected obese bodies.
I have read recent reports of increased attacks on humans from mountain lions and bears. I just read a story about how bison attacks in Yellowstone park are becoming more common. I also read that this year alone has shown an increase in shark attacks.
I recently drove by the decaying body of a red fox along a freeway which is usually lined with dead deer during the spring.
As humans (consumed with greed and nothing more than ego) continue to force their ways into the natural habitats of these beautiful creatures, we are leaving them with no option but to come looking for food, water, shelter, and refuge.
When, as a society, did we become so cruel?
Here is my call to action—it’s the quest given from our ancestors of old: Defy ignorance. Educate yourself. Educate others. It is of no benefit to be complacent or act as an ostrich with your head buried beneath the sand.
Wisdom is your best artillery—your heart will act as your shield and moral compass.
I am not here to preach a lifestyle and I am not here to be radical—but I will not just conform. I am not a vegetarian. I am a carnivore. However, I do believe in the ways of my ancestors. Being of Native American descent, I have been taught to never kill what you cannot use. Do not kill for sport. Never take more than is needed. My ancestors would sing before a great hunt and prayers were whispered to honor the soul of the animal whose life was taken to sustain their own. My ancestors’ hunted only “free range” meat, not animals bred in torture chambers.
“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” ~ A.D.Williams
“If we could actually hear what an animal thinks, if they could talk to us, we would cry aloud and beg forgiveness.” ~ April Peerless
Are you aware of all the toxic waste dumped into our oceans each year? Are you aware of how much plastic is carried from our rivers into the sea? Water pollution has serious economic and health impacts: it kills marine life, damages habitats and ecosystems. Have you read of the oil spill in Santa Barbara that after two months, they are still trying to contain? Or the radioactive waste spills from Japan?
Wouldn’t you agree that it is time for a call to action? What if by being more conscientious of our environmental footprint, we could eventually reverse the effects of our ignorance?
Nature will always find a way.
Listen to the outcry; it’s time for each person to head the call of the universe. Unite as one. Do harm to none. It’s time for us to become an enlightened society free of perversion and cruelty. It’s time to be the voice for those that cannot speak. It all starts within—
Within nature lies the cure for humanity.
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Author: Mary Rogers
Editor: Renée Picard