Sometimes I can’t believe how obtuse we can be, how easily we can miss the point, or why we make the decisions we do. Yes, we do have to take care of ourselves and our families, but we’re not living on little islands where we’re separate from others, most things we do have an effect on someone outside of our immediate circle. I’ve been reflecting on two very different situations in the past few days, that both bring us to the same point, and thought I would share them with you today.
The first is how mother nature amazes me. Yes, there are times when it’s kill-or-be-killed, but there are also some really impressive examples of how caring and accepting other creatures can be. In spring you can see mixed flocks where one bird family has picked up a stray or two, or mother animals adopt another baby animal because they were orphaned or their own mother can’t care for them. You can even occasionally see it with the male animals and birds, that they have a stronger-than-normal drive to care for other animals. It makes me wonder why we humans have so much difficulty caring for each other when we’ve got way more similarities than some of the animals do.
The other topic I’ve been considering has to do with being a good neighbor. I’m pondering why people call the cops on people who speak another language, who have a different color skin, who are having their annual party (the only party they have every year) and it’s a little noisy, who have kids playing, essentially people who aren’t doing anything illegal or dangerous, they’re just different or being a little loud. Yes, there’s a level of consideration for everyone to take into account when they’re doing things or going places regarding how you behave or act, but on the flip side of it, wouldn’t you want the benefit of the doubt over how you look or what you’re doing?
If we’re all neighbors considering we all share the same planet and resources, why don’t we treat each other with the respect and support of that, like so many animals do? Why instead are we shooting up stores, driving impaired, and overreacting to people living their lives? When will we start to change the story from one of conflict to one of community?