It saddened me to learn that the world lost a beautiful animal because of the greed of a few humans.
I don’t understand the greed that lives inside of the American dentist. He has repeatedly felt the need to assert his false supremacy over exotic animals by killing them. The hunt leaders, who willing accepted the dentist’s money to find him “trophies” are just as greedy. I don’t get it.
There is also a community of people who are vehemently upset that Cecil’s death has received a lot of media attention, while the senseless killing of humans goes unnoticed.
While I don’t agree with their argument, “It was just a lion,” I do respect their value of human life.
The fact is, bad things happen every day in our own families, our towns, our communities, our states, our country, and worldwide. Domestic violence happens every day. Murder happens every day. Drug addiction, riots, corrupt politicians, broken foreign governments, and a whole list of negative things occur in our lives.
What can we, as individuals, do to improve the world? How can we stop the madness? How can we make a difference?
I believe we can use our voices.
THE WORLD NEEDS TO HEAR A DIFFERENT VOICE!
We need to hear a song that is a little off-key. Voices that are off-pitch grab our attention. They activate a response.
The world has grown numb listening to talking heads.
Look at Pete Frates, as an example. Who is Pete Frates? He is an ALS sufferer who raised awareness of the debilitating disease by creating the Ice Bucket Challenge last year. Now that was different! It was unconventional and it worked to the out of tune sum of around $200 million.
Cecil is different. He is an animal, but with an equally strong voice of any human. Why is Cecil’s voice so strong when elephants and rhinos and other protected animals are hunted every day? I’m not sure, but I believe there is a spirit in Cecil. A spirit that sacrificed himself in order to inspire people to take action.
His dying has aroused a passion in people, not just animal lovers, to use their voices. People are speaking their minds and voicing their opinions about a wide variety of social issues.
Who would have thought that “just a lion” could be a world wide leader for change? It doesn’t surprise me.
While I am truly sorry for his loss, I am also thankful for his sacrifice.
Hopefully, Cecil’s voice will strike a chord in people and motivate them to take action for their cause rather than just be another talking head.
As an individual, you or I, may not be able to change the world. But, we can change the world for one individual. We can use our voices to help a family member, a coworker, a friend, or a stranger.
Let your voice be heard!
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant.