With Just a little bit of effort
With Just a little bit of effort you can reap rewards by simply appreciating the world around you and the life and beauty that it holds.
There are all kinds of wonderful creatures that want nothing but to coexist or simply get out of the way when it comes to humans. There are beautiful flowers and plants that work with us to make a more beautiful world and the only thing they hope is that we watch where we are going and not trample them to death.
There are millions of humans all doing their best to have their tiny little space that affords them momentary peace from the hustle and bustle of the day and all they want for the most part their time in their perceived space to ponder the world.
Humans during their short time on earth have left structures that are now considered historical works of art as well as architectural wonders that somehow have survived throughout the ages. Until now!
There are paintings. There are photographs. There are books. All of these depict life as it was happening in an individuals time on earth and they were created by true artists and humans who did their best to hold on to their space and not encroach on the spaces of others.
The word that defines all of this is respect. Treat everything and everyone like they are the most important things in ones life with great admiration.
If you are walking through nature, then leave nature there for others to admire. Do not take leaves, plants, stones or creatures. It has been said “leave only your footprints.” I’ll add to that by saying do not leave your footprints on living things like plants and flowers and insects. Work at it. Sometimes you have no choice but mot of the time you do.
Give animal life the space they deserve. Do not intimidate, upset, yell at, make loud noises to initiate a response for you to get your photograph. Animals have rights just like you do. They may not be written in things like the constitution but they do have the right to their space and a peaceful environment.
Sculptures and architecture left behind by ancient generations are part of our legacy as human beings. To mark them, walk all over them, degrade them for future generations to ponder is to show a complete lack of respect for those who left them behind or who will want to enjoy them in the future.
Many years ago, before digital, we were able to record the events of our lives without disrupting the lives of others. Photographs were taken and stored in analog albums to be shared with future generations. Today, digital imaging allows instant gratification and digital storage and has opened up an area of total disrespect for things and people around you. Billions of pictures are being taken by phones and small cameras and because it is easy to do “Selfies” have become the norm for recording ones life. Pictures are taken, wirelessly transferred for the world to see what your life is all about. Not only your life but the lives of people who did not want their face transmitted instantly. Unfortunately in a lot of cases, but not all, selfies also encroach on other humans and animals space. That little space we hope for is now occupied by a camera on a stick as well as the person holding the camera on the stick who is now occupying double the space. Certainly not respecting those around them. Does technology and the need to be the center of the world trump respect for others? Do you know that once you send that image which just might be an opppps! cannot be taken back. Did you know that?
Last week I received an email about two people who decided to climb up a statue in Italy, part of ancient architecture to get a selfie. Because of how fragile the sculpture was, the crown crumbled and smashed to the ground. One of many incidences caused by self self indulgent and self centered humans. Another total lack of respect. Really Dumb
The sad thing is these types of things are happening everyday for a micro second of self gratification.
Respect the rights of all living things as well as all things in the world we live on. It is up to you. Isn’t it?
“From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A typical selfie, shot from a high angle, exaggerating the size of the eyes and giving the impression of a slender pointed chin
A selfie is a quick self-portrait photograph or group photograph featuring the photographer, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr and Twitter. They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arm’s length or pointed at a mirror, rather than by using a self-timer.”
Unfortunately the definition has changed to a certain degree. The person doing the selfie today not only cannot get out of their own way but but manage to be in everyone else’s way. Respect!