As the Penan of the Borneo rainforests say:
“The land is sacred. It belongs to the countless numbers who are dead, those who are living and the multitudes yet to be born.”
How many of our own dead share in this ownership, and what of us and those yet to come? What will we leave them? What is our responsibility?
Don’t buy into this I am only one person what can I do mentality-there is a great deal each of us as individuals can do, movements are composed of individuals who coalesce in a common awareness-strength is found in unity and common cause.
It is an obvious formula-two can be more readily heard than one, ten more than two. Two can lift a heavier burden than one, ten more than two.
An expression of solidarity in social networks serves a purpose, but it can never take the place of actual involvement within our communities- that’s something we need to understand-that it should be an adjunct to involvement, not the extent.
Indifference, acceptance, complacency, never moving beyond a comfort zone, and lassitude are thieves that steal this ownership from us, our dead, and our future-none of us should contribute to that.
Everywhere more and more is being stolen from all people-the land, the air we breathe, the water we drink, individual rights, resources, free speech, privacy, even our health.
At what point will it be enough-when there is nothing left?