The walrus is not an animal that shows up in our everyday lives that often. When they do, it is usually in passing. The walrus is our friend in a passing sort of way – a neighbor that we see every once in a while. We don’t know all of that neighbor’s business. We do know that neighbor is a generally good person. She always has a good morning wave for us and perhaps a bit of uplifting chatter.
One day, you pass in front of this neighbor’s house. You notice that the lawn is disheveled, the window is broken in and the car is on blocks. What happened? You feel a pang of curious sympathy, but you pass on. You have stuff to do, and your relationship doesn’t really call for you asking about the situation. It’s none of your business.
Word gets around. You find out that the family is in mourning. One of the children has died, and no one knows how it happened.
The next day, they are all gone.
Your former neighbor is now the center of conversation around the block. “I never really knew them, but everything looked ok.” “We never really talked to them; I just assumed they were busy.”
Well, this video is what is happening to our neighbors as we assume that everything is ok.
The truth is that every piece of plastic we use and every molecule of CO2 we emit is killing our neighbor. We say hello to them in passing and feel as though we have done our neighborly duty. We cannot see the connection between our apathy and their bad fortune. Worse, we are actively causing their pain and completely ignorant of our role.
This does not relieve us of our responsibility. It can be a shock to the system to have our eyes opened, but it must be done. Our neighbors are dying because of us. Our share of the blame is ugly to watch.
Read Sarah’s post and watch the video.
Credit Photo of Walruses: Pixabay
Polar bears – they are at risk too, just like the rest of us. (water color 2019)
I’m working hard to keep my blog a place where you can find happiness and maybe some distraction from your hectic everyday life by sharing my art which is mostly inspired by my love for nature and animals.
I don’t often talk politics or religion – both of which can present a lot of conflict.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t think or talk about it in private. I do, and rather a lot.
But as I said, I try to steer away from these subjects as much as I can when it comes to my blog.
But I no longer can.
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