The below video is worth a mindful Sunday morning viewing, no matter where you are sitting. One of my favorite reminders of our responsibility as ‘human beings’ is Thich Nhat Hanh’s statement about the false notion that ‘man’ is an entity unto itself. In fact, human beings are (as is easy to understand) made up of countless ‘non-human’ elements (just think of the elements that comprise your body – such as iron, calcium, and oxygen!).
As Thich Nhat Hanh states: ‘We see that the human is made of the non-human elements. We see that we are at the same time a rock, a river, a cloud, a squirrel, a rose. And if we take away all the non-human elements, the human being is no longer there. And this is the deepest teaching — a deep ecology. In order to protect the human being, you have to protect animals that are not human. Because these animals are our ancestors and if we destroy our ancestors, there is no way we can be there… You have to see you as nature and to respect life in all its forms… So throw away the idea that man is the boss, that man can do anything.‘
As such, I plead that you spend a few minutes on this lovely summer Sunday to contact the State Senators of California to pass the bill, AB 376, which will ban shark fin products in California – an integral step in the fight against the awful, unsustainable practice of shark finning. To do your good deed for the day, please visit the Sharksavers.org website for more information about how to contact the California Senators who will be voting on this bill: http://sharksavers.org/en/blogs/778-california-ab-376-shark-fin-ban-mid-august-update-and-action-alert.html
I’ll step off my soapbox now…. Happy Sunday!