OBLIVIOUS?

IMG_2764 There is a song by Phil Collins entitled “Another Day in Paradise” that I like a lot. It is about a homeless woman who approaches a man who is walking by and asks for help. The man, despite her numerous attempts to engage him, walks on as if he doesn’t see or hear or is oblivious to her plight and acts as if she doesn’t even exist.

The message of the song always touches me deeply and makes me want to do something for someone in need and reminds me how lucky I am to have the things I have.

I’ve even heard people say that it’s their own fault that they are where they are or that they could have what I have if they worked hard and weren’t so lazy.

Though largely unintentionally (at least I’d like to thinks so), there are so many ways we seem to be oblivious to the plight of our fellow man, our environment and the things around us that should be important to us.

I saw a news item on yahoo recently where people travel to the Artic to watch ice bergs and  glaciers calve. While I’m sure it’s exciting to witness are we not oblivious to the fact that our retreating glaciers are a problem we should be deeply concerned about.

As the rain forests continue to be removed another species of insect or animal disappears and we rationalize it by thinking, “that’s not such a great price to pay for  jobs and profits and who’s really going to miss a little tree frog anyway”.

We drop a cigarette, bottle, bag or other piece of trash on a beach and figure, “the ocean is big and one piece of garbage won’t hurt the environment”. Are we then oblivious to the fact that the great garbage patches in the Gyres are growing by leaps and bounds and that our garbage is littering pristine remote beaches and killing marine life. Are we also so blind to the problem that as long as our beach is groomed in the morning and looks good when we get there that we convince ourselves there really isn’t a problem.

If there is an oil spill in the Gulf or somewhere else that despoils beaches and kills off marine life do we convince ourselves  i’s just t the price we have to pay for oil independence and cheaper fuel?

If ocean temperatures continue to rise and another coral reef dies does it concern us or do we not change our ways until there’s no where left where we can snorkel or dive and enjoy such a wonderful sight?

I know it’s very easy to become complacent and or give into the notion that there is nothing we  can do to change things anyway so why bother. I believe however that we not only can make a difference no matter how small and insignificant our actions may appear to be and that we can affect change. More importantly, I believe we have a duty to our fellow man. creatures and our planet to do what little we can to affect positive change.

As it has often been said, “Any man, woman or child alone can only accomplish so much but as a group or society we can accomplish great things”.

If we don’t then our paradise could be lost forever.

I normally like to keep things light but sometimes we all need a dose of reality and for some reason this topic has been on my mind for several weeks now and I needed to get it out.

Thanks for checking in this week and I look forward to hearing from you.

Aloha and keep doing the good works you do,

Paul

About authorpaulhayden

Author, artist, screenwriter, environmentalist. husband, father, surfer, surfing instructor, volunteer.
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