Monday, September 13, 2010

Who, are you??

As we go thru life we find out alot about ourselves. We find our strengths, weaknesses, passions, likes, dislikes and the list goes on and on. Something that struck me as “misguided” was the show “Whale Wars". As you watch this show you realize just how passionate these volunteers are for a cause they deeply believe in, to end commercial whaling, to the point of risking their lives (on a seemly daily basis).
As we watch with fascination as to how the show unfolds and what tactic the “Sea Shepherds” will come up with next to deter the Japanese whaling fleet, it is evident they have a “whatever it takes” attitude. The Captain has stated in every episode I can recall, “we are willing to risk the lives of the crew to save whales”.
I totally support the “whatever it takes” attitude and love passionate people but we’re talking about risking human life for some over grown sushi. Now that may raise some eyebrows but it’s the truth. So naturally I asked myself, what would happen if we took the passion of the “Sea Shepherds” and used it for something that made a real difference.
I may be misinformed here but I am pretty confident that there are people in your neighborhood, town, city, county and state that need help. I am not sure why we are always looking at some big global way to help someone or for the next “cause” when the greatest cause we may be a part of is right in front of us.
Why is it that we always seem to be willing to go the extra mile AFTER something happens, why can’t we already be there WHEN something happens? (Katrina/Haiti/Nashville Floods).
So I ask…Who, are you? Are you a responder after something happens or are you already helping? Are you fighting for a cause that is going to make a difference long after your gone? Are you fighting for something that will have an impact on your children’s children? We need to focus on what really matters, so what matters to you and just exactly…Who, are you?

1 comment:

  1. Human kind as part of nature and therefore nature itself in its essence is defined by cause and effect. So, all our actions are reactive attitudes towards a given cause or suffered effects. The closer one achieves to move to visualizing a tangible cause (or effect, understanding/knowing/cognitive approach), the more probable a reactive response becomes.
    The question of how long it takes for one to react, then could be answered by how long before the event horizon actually occurs one achieves to gain a relevant understanding of cause and effect that would eventually enable an action.
    I guess its a matter of knowledge and imagination.