As anyone who reads my blog, or has friended me on Facebook knows, I lost a best friend yesterday. My beautiful tailless black cat, Hector, was run over, and the driver didn’t even have the decency to move him off the road.
My post today is about something lost, but not my beautiful Hector. Instead I want to talk about common decency, compassion, empathy. I feel like these things have been lost in the world today. People do things that could ultimately hurt someone, emotionally or physically, and don’t even give it a second thought.
A driver throws trash, or a cigarette butt out the window.
Did you know that cigarette butts take 18 months to 10 years to biodegrade, depending on the type? According to an article in “Underwater Naturalist” Bulletin of the American Littoral Society, Volume 25, Number 2, August 2000, cigarette butts are the most common form of plastic litter on the beaches of the U.S. and worldwide. Toxic chemicals can leach out of the cigarette filters. You can read more about this HERE. Cigarette butts, plastic six pack rings, and plastic bags are very dangerous to wildlife. Do you care if your grandchildren have to see an animal in a book, because they are extinct? I’d rather my child have the chance to see these animals in the wild, or in a zoo. We’ve lost so many beautiful animals and birds to our wrecklessness.
Global warming is a huge debate today. Many scientists will admit it is a problem, but many will tell you it is a natural occurance. There are many things we as humans do that speed it up though. Do firemen throw fuel on a fire to make it eat up a house faster, just so it will be easier to put out? No, they do what they can to deter it, to lessen it. We as human beings need to take a more active role in doing our part to slow down global warming.
Have we all lost the ability to care? Are we all so self-absorbed that all we care about is how good our vehicle looks, and not how it performs? Do we bother to realize that if we completely trash this world we will have no place else to go?
I think we all need to recognize the problem we could have if we continue to live as if all our resources are infinite. We need to slow down, and realize the impact our actions could have on our neighbors, our city, our states…the world.