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The Case for Respecting the Earth

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We talk, we complain, we write, we make movies and yet without action nothing will change.

I feel sad as I write this. It is a shame we even have to discuss this. Can you imagine how it would be if we all learned to respect, first ourselves, then each other, and our home,the earth and all the wonderful things that nature has given us. Look around you, no matter where go it is obvious that most people have totally stopped respecting the earth and self.

The earth is our home. Yet the buildings we call houses get more respect. Would you throw a piece of trash on your bedroom floor and leave it there? So why is our earth so full of garbage? What will you do when there is no drinking water? When all the food is contaminated? What will you do when your daughter has cosmetic surgery so she cane she be more attractive? What will you do when your son is killed in war? What will you do when you cannot pray to the God of your choice? All of these happen because of lack of respect and understanding.

Take a good look at history. You will find that somewhere deep within our human nature is a natural instinct to respect the earth.

It is in the tales and folklore. They show we have the need to communicate with nature. They tell of animals helping us. They show a wolf saving a young boy. Today, if someone saw a wolf with a child they would kill it. These stories tell of people using animals as guides. People did not have televisions. There was no weather person. They were outside in and with nature. They learned from nature. If the leaves turned up, it would rain. You used to be able to smell the rain. You knew which clouds were rain or snow. They knew which animals would head for shelter. They knew animals have certain paths they travel for needs like water and shelter. They would follow. We see an animal today we want to kill and eat it. History shows we used to only kill what we needed. An animal was killed, people gave thanks for the life of that animal. They shared it and used all of it. There was no meat grinding factory where thousands of animals are processed daily. We respected life.

When we look at the history of prayer and blessings. You can see where many gave thanks to the Elements. They are a a precious part of earth. Without them we have no earth. They knew it. They were thankful for rain. We used to know you need rain for plants to grow, to give water to the animals, which, in case you forgot includes us. We are mammals. We are part of this animal chain we take for granted now. We used to give thanks for the seasons. Some of us still do but most of us complain. You will hear "it is too cold" or "it is too hot". We complain when it rains. We complain when there is a drought. We tend to take everything for granted instead of enjoying it. We forget to respect the very things we need the most

We build more and more houses and commercial buildings. Look around, Look hard, how many are empty? Why are we building more? We should be planting flowers and trees that are native to the area we live in which gives back to the community, supports the wild life which we need, and makes it a much prettier place. Families used to farm everywhere, People would share the crops. There were no pesticides. They would pray, and they would give thanks for the harvest. They would can and jar food to last throughout the harder seasons. We can and jar not too but we throw them away. They recycled the right way. It is sad how the "they", which is now the "we", has turned so far away from that which is natural.

We need to go back to basics. We need to see nature up close and personal, instead of on the TV. We need to plant gardens. We need to be aware of our choices. We need to buy fresh products. We need to be aware of packaging, buy the one with the least waste. We need to stop drinking bottled water. We need to care. If we spend more time outside in nature, no matter where you are, we could all see the effects we are having on the earth. Maybe, just maybe we would start to feel that connection we have. Then and only then can we start respecting ourselves, others and this precious, precious earth.

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