Koala sits where home used to be. Photo courtesy of Huffington Post.
Humans kick koala to the curb
This image and story is circulating from Huffington Post and going around on Facebook. The koala wants to go home, but there is no home to go to because it’s been destroyed by loggers and deforestation. If you want to check out this sad story, go to Huffington’s article.
On Facebook there are over 300 comments on this poor bear’s plight and what we humans are doing to its natural habitat. This is one story among thousands around the world that talk about what deforestation is doing.
Who’s Fault is This?
The only problem with these stories, is we all talk about these issues as if we don’t have anything directly to do with them. When we think of deforestation, we think of loggers and corporations, and somehow place the blame there, or out there, or away from ourselves. The disconnect with doing that is it leaves us feeling helpless as though there is nothing we can do to help the endless amounts of animals and environment being subjected to our issues of consumerism and pollution.
Psychological and Spiritual Effects of Pain and Suffering
It may seem far-fetched to some, but when we witness these sorts of pains and suffering in our world, it affects us emotionally and psychologically. It affects our soul to see such hurting and usually compels us to move in such a way to stop the hurting. But when we witness things through technology via images and movies, it stunts our ability to act, as well as emotionally connect with this natural compassion we have within us.
People react differently with this sense of helplessness to give directly to the source of this pain. Some jump right in to a good cause, others become apathetic and have to push it out of their mind. Or some find a mix between the two extremes of doing something and doing nothing. Most of us fall in that category.
No, but seriously, what can You do?
The truth is, we can do something. Something very effective and powerful to stop, slow down, or bring more awareness to things like deforestation and other issues that are effecting us all, not just the animals. It only took one photographer/reporter to alert thousands about this ONE koala. But we all have a part to play, similar to this photographer’s part in the awareness aspect.
No matter what our professional passions are though, we can all change our lifestyles in such a way that we can greatly reduce the impact of our consumerism and pollution that is taxing our natural resources at both ends. And this is powerful and many are already doing this. But the real power comes from all of us doing it together and yet in our own way. Supporting one another and encouraging people to take steps in the right direction through positivity.
We can’t beat each other down for eating meat or not eating meat anymore. We have to allow for the hypocrisies just enough to compel each other to do more in a compassionate way. To love more so that changing our emotional addictions becomes easier. Piling emotional pressure on addicts of many kinds only creates more situations for a “fix.” But compassion helps us to let go of negative emotions, which in turn help us heal from these consumer addictions that are hurting us all.
Be kinder to yourself and others
When we look at images of a koala sitting on a pile of wood chips, knowing it sat there for an hour, confused and really think about that. Let it sink in. We can become empowered knowing that for every material thing you can let go of, you are helping countless other species not face this same plight.
Doesn’t it make you wonder what we are doing as a world when many of us already know that stuff does not make us happy? And when we ask, what does make us happy, the documentary, Happy, gave us three fundamental values each human looks for in happiness. We want our own personal identity, to connect deeply with others, and to give back to the world.
Some of the happiest cultures have far less than Western cultures do. They focus on these elements of life to sustain that inner need. And we can emulate these other cultures ourselves. You don’t have to scale back so far you are depriving yourself, it is tough to live a different way other than your culture. But chances are, you own way more than you know what to do with and are suffering from debt, responsibility and being overworked in ways that are not fulfilling to you. If you aren’t, then maybe you know other people who are, to which I hope and congratulate you being a positive influence to them!
Can we share common goals for the future?
We all have the same goal in mind. We want to live a great life, be happy and leave a legacy and share a great planet. As humans, it is our duty to help one another do this by taking care of our common areas together, just as roommates would in a house. Our common areas are the environment and all the species, including us, that live within it. We are a tribe aren’t we?
If you feel like your impact is insignificant, you might be right in a sense. We cannot work alone on a project of this size. But, if you realize that every person doing their part will amount to the greater whole, then your efforts become very powerful as you gently lead others toward the same direction by example. We need leaders who are awesome at positively steering others towards behaviors that not only benefit the self, but also all others as well. It takes a lot of courage to lead people this way, rather than relenting to critical and negative behaviors towards those not doing their part, but stick with it long enough and you will reap the benefits.
Even the smallest steps will take you somewhere
If this poor koala really touched your heart, please consider a Minimal lifestyle. I promise you, it is the most amazing lifestyle you can choose for yourself because the effects on you will be so profound and direct. Everything about your life will change and you will experience a freedom and happiness you never knew existed!
You don’t have to deprive yourself, just choose more wisely. Refuse to own things that don’t lift you up and motivate you to do more and be more in this world. What you get rid of is different for each person. More importantly it’s an ideal that helps you to buy less in the future and spend more time an energy on your passions.
Personal development is deeply tied to social and environmental change. If you want to make these changes but you’re stuck in a rut, overwhelmed, scared, or confused on how to start, please don’t give up. Sign up for my blog (or any other countless blogs) as I continue building more content that will further your efforts to directly impact these issues in your life inside and the world out there. And always feel free to leave a comment or question below. We all deserve the very best in this world. Every person is important, every species is important, and the environment is important. Our Souls are Our Power to change this!