Wisdom resides in the stars

Take the time to immerse yourself in the magic of this world. The sea, the land, the sky- these surroundings offer much more than just a pretty view. They connect you to the diverse energy that dances around your life, and reminds you that you are not alone, nor are you the center of the Universe. Rather that you reside in the Universe and the Universe resides in you.

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The Fate of Orcas in Captivity

Do whales belong in captivity? This is something that we all need to think about as humans on this planet. We have a moral responsibility to speak up when something gets out of hand, and in this case,  it’s when a corporation begins to gain wealth at the expense of another. Orcas are majestic creatures who require a wide expansive ocean to travel, hunt, form families, and play.

There is this very outdated argument for captivity that goes something like this: “Having animals in captivity provides education for these people who may never see this certain animal in the wild, and in turn changes their perspective on caring for the planet”. But this is a dangerous assumption. There is a much larger message being sent here that stares us right in the face as we gaze into the vacant, lost eyes of a caged animal. A lesson that humans have control over all other things, that we have the right to take the freedom of another and in some cases, have them entertain for us, and that because of this planet’s environmental (human-induced) issues we somehow have the right to sacrifice the freedom of hundreds of animals for “educational” purposes to teach others that we are destroying the habitats of these animals? Does that even make any sense?

Is a lion still a lion without the rising orange sun over the African plains? Is a whale still a whale without the sound of seabirds overhead, or without the rocky shorelines or the passing schools of fish, or the feel of the waves as they leap out of the water? Is a polar bear still a polar bear when viewing the world from behind a sheet of glass?? Consider what we have done to the animals of this planet. What are we really teaching kids when we take them to Seaworld, or the zoo? Take a second and think about this. We don’t cage up little girls and put them behind glass to educate the world on how we need to cause a paradigm shift in the treatment of women and girls in this world. We don’t do it to our own kind, so why would we do it to another species? If your answer is that humans are more important than I suggest you humble yourself a bit and go meditate on that.

Love is Love. All species deserve it. Equality for all.

A Whale’s Freedom Dance

This whale displays what could be joy, excitement, gratitude, and relief after being freed from some fishing nets that entangled it’s fins. Scientists and behaviorists spend countless hours trying to figure out why whales exhibit certain behaviors,  but maybe there isn’t a purpose to everything. I mean, why do we surf? Why do we laugh? It’s certainly not to be productive, it’s just out of pure playfulness and fun. Enjoy this beautiful video and be grateful we get to share this planet with some truly magnificent creatures.

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