Imagine, living in a world that you no longer have to fight to save? You no longer have to worry about what affects an oil spill will have on the environment, or what cleaning products to buy that will be the less toxic, or even which species is now on the extinction list. Seems a bit utopic doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be.
We are always so busy fighting environmental causes, or those who we label as “environmental villains” that we miss the whole point.
To submerse yourself in the never-ending environmental crusade is in itself a fruitless effort. You may see small change, but this approach will never provide a full solution.
So put down your ‘save the whale’ signs. Don’t get me wrong, I love whales. I love all nature, in fact, every blessed morsel of it. Right down to the tiniest amoeba.
I used to put so much stress on myself fighting for this cause or that, but recently I have realized (quite spontaneously, actually) that there is no benefit to pushing! Pushing only creates an energy that makes the opposing side want to push too. The result is a competition by both parties to push. A tug of war.
Think of as similar to the allegory of the snail and the hare in the race. The hare runs very fast right from the start, but half way through the race, loses steam. Meanwhile, the snail took his swell time. “Slow and steady wins the race”. So the activists on the frontline are like the hare and will soon get discouraged and run out of steam. They will eventually realize they are expending far more energy than the return they are receiving. But, Mr. Snail, or the nontraditional activist will still maintain their poise and energy and still get the same result. In most cases, the non activist snails will be the victors!
So my recent revelation, after years of pushing to get environmental issues solved, I finally get it. I do not need to push anymore. It is exhausting. Ask most environmentalists, they will tell you how “frustrated” they are, or how exhausting the fight is.
I have come to realize that the key to the environmental fight is you. You can create a world in which you do not have to fight to save the planet. Envision a planet that is peaceful. Envision a planet that is in balance, and it shall be.
I have found also that getting people out of their offices and out into nature will help in this great aim. People do not care about what they don’t love. Spend some quality time in nature and, you will have a more vested interest in preserving it. Otherwise, it will just be something you experience while watching a wildlife show on television.
When one fights anything, be it for the environment, against war, against famine (whatever the cause), it is actually giving that thought power. Mother Theresa always said she would not attend an anti-war rally, but would be happy to attend a peace rally. Why? Because she knew that “the push” or the Hare tactic will not prevail. She got it. I get it now. Will you?
So to all environmentalists, your hearts and passion are truly in the right place. Your compassion to others is so commendable. However, to avoid exhaustion, and potential burnout. “Lay down your arms” so to speak. Envision and assist other’s to envision a planet that is in perfect health and one that does not need saving. Collectively we can create this “Planet utopia”.