Following the daily news it can be easy to become misanthropic. To generalize and assume that everyone, all people everywhere, are inherently bad. A failed species ethics-wise. But if one can get past the exasperation and is open to deeper reflection he/she may realize such cynicism is mistaken. Those we hear of in the news, the perpetuators of spectacular cases of appalling behavior are, when compared against the billions of us that walk this planet, actually miniscule in number. In reality, it’s only a relative few with big mouths and outrageous, outsized actions vastly out of proportion to their numbers that are causing most of the problems and misery.
I was trying to think of how to put this while not dismissing the horrors that exist and this is how it came out. Note: I have decided not to post links to pictures in the first group.
Thank you for all the good people who don’t kill whales, dolphins, harp seal pups for their fur, sharks for their fins, rhinos for their horns, elephants for their tusks, eat dogs, torture horses, bulls and other animals or hunt them down for pleasure. Thank you for all those who don’t massacre innocent people to make a political point. Thank you for all those who don’t cut down forests or level mountains simply to fatten their wallets. Thank you for all those who don’t secretly dump toxic wastes down drains, into rivers or the ocean. Thank you for all those who don’t use religion as a sledgehammer. Thank you for all those who don’t take advantage of other’s accidental misfortunes to loot or scam. Thank you for those businesses who don’t knowingly allow harmful ingredients in their products, or who remove them as soon as they are discovered. Thank you for all those who don’t run for office simply to enrich themselves or cater to a hateful minority. Thank you for all those who don’t price gouge even when they know they can get away with it.
Thank you for all those who have waged wars to make the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe healthier. Thank you for all those who have fought to preserve and increase open space, not just for people, but especially other animal species as well. Thank you for all those who are fighting to bring clean energy solutions like solar power to the forefront. Thank you for all those who donate to or volunteer at thousands of charities across the world. Thank you for all those who give to the needy and who feel empathy and concern for those who are hurting. Thank you for all those who recycle. Thank you for all those who seek to bring beauty into the world through music and the arts. Thank you for all those good samaritans who stop on the road to help fix a flat tire, etc. Thank you for all those who respect other’s privacy and rights.
Thank you, in other words, for the silent majority who, though themselves struggling with life’s everyday challenges, are doing what they can when they can to reduce their footprint on the planet and make a positive difference in the world.
To all these people I say “Thank you!”