Listened to a discussion of how we are exterminating elephants, one every 15 minutes for their tusks (ivory) whose buyers do not know that the elephant is killed to get them; to the way polar bears now have to swim 100 miles to find food and often die on the journey; to how our President Elect’s son joined the extermination fad by shooting animals in Africa for sport, and on and on. I listened to this and wept.
How did we develop the willingness to take what isn’t ours, to aggressively use it up with no respect for the victim’s sacrifice, to ignore mass extinction and have no sense of sharing the loss? This represents a breakdown in our sense of being part of a family of the living. The urge to take and slaughter often has a religious base, a standard manipulation for those citizens who serve the taker” by being at the front of attack. Harm is done in a religious cause, mine good and yours bad, like marauding soldiers in search of the Holy Grail.
The Pope told his religious followers as well as those deep in debt like Columbus and his crew, to take the land and its riches. Columbus enslaved natives to dig for gold until they died. He and his fellow henchmen lived by the sword, killing for the fun of it, loping off limbs, extracting infants from the womb. The land acquired was based on murder. A religious leader designated it as right. As it is today with the “towel heads” who claim to own the oil beneath their feet… and with the Muslims we are told threaten us so must be contained or wiped out. There is the greed of “taking” behind our manipulated fear.
Then comes our country’s second enormous crime, slavery. Using stolen men as unpaid labor created great riches for the few. In other cultures, people taken as unpaid labor after losing a war have a time limit after which they are included as full members of society. Not here. Slaves and their children’s children remain slaves. When importation became difficult, slave owners bred them, treated them as insensitive animals who barely missed their children sold and taken away. Today, the former slave population is increasingly unnecessary as factories move to countries that pay the workers less. The prison society for this surplus population is supported by our taxes.
The “taking” culture continues via taxes. Money is taken from the middle class, from public services, the parks and schools, etc., to make the rich richer. Blacks in ghettos are called inferior so why waste money on them? Public schools are underfunded and then abandoned as not meeting goals. State supported colleges have only teachers as poorly paid by the job consultant. Education is devalued. Muslims, Jews, women, gays and on and on are dropped from public concern. Our nation continues to rob its residents including its plants and animals by designating them as unworthy.
And so, we came to this country to rob Mother Earth of her goods as if our survival is not attached to hers. We are approaching a critical edge from which there may be no return. Because of our addiction to having more “things” we cannot see where we are and what we must do next. Change is always difficult. We need to awaken from the dream of having “more.” Change is the only thing that is real.