A recent news story got me thinking.
It seems that some residents of Fairfax County, Virginia, are putting up a fight, complete with well-paid lawyers, against….. the Girl Scouts? Yep. The Girl Scouts want to build a storage building on camp property, and nearby residents claim the building will decrease their property value. *cue crocodile tears*
This story led me to ponder this problem of humanity. Humans seem to operate under the assumption that the world revolves around them. Oh, they don’t have anything against other living things, as long as they don’t have to be bothered with them.
Indeed, those fighting the Girl Scouts talked about how they love the Girl Scouts, They just don’t want them making a lot of noise or generating a lot of traffic.
Sound familiar? Sure.
—I love wolves, but if they come on my property and kill my cattle, I should be able to hunt them down and kill them- all of them.
—I love tigers, and if I want to own one, I should have that right. Never mind that I have no clue how to care for one, or what impact my actions have on the tiger.
—I love elephants, and that’s why I go to the circus. I believe the circus owners when they tell me the animals are not abused. But mostly I just want to see them. What’s wrong with that?
—Insects are beneficial? No way! Give me chemicals to spray the little bastards out of existence….. just make sure it doesn’t cause harm to me.
—I love my dog, but I now have a (baby, new job, apartment that doesn’t allow pets) and can’t keep him anymore.
Humans have always taken the approach that the earth and its riches are ripe for the taking. They run amok, like spoiled children, wanting more! more! more! without considering the consequences of their actions.
Somehow I feel that is the root of human angst. All living things are connected, but humans want to believe they are separated, unique, better than. And I guess that if only humans were negatively impacted, that might be OK.
But humans are a part of this big ball of existence, and their actions are a slow suicide for all living things.
So how do we convince billions of spoiled brats that their wants are not the only thing that matters?