by Karin Cheney
I know what it feels like to be bullied and abused. Those memories are always with me. So when I witness someone or something being harmed or mistreated my first instinct is to protect and comfort them.
Too often, instead of celebrating and appreciating the marvelous diversity of life among us it’s met with hatred, violence and cruelty. Some people are harassed, abused, ignored, rejected or dismissed because they are mentally ill, poor, homeless, sick, addicts or simply different.
Sometimes they are abused and hated out of ignorant fear or prejudice. But always, the damage it causes to people and populations that are already fragile, fearful and compromised is heartbreaking. And it’s always something I will fight against.
But this problem doesn’t end with just humans. It’s inflicted on other living things as well. The harm we humans inflict on each other, our planet, and other living things is both devastating and heart breaking. The vast amounts of trash, pollution, excess and waste we produce, especially of plastics and dangerous materials, are being dumped into our oceans, land, atmosphere and outer space at alarming rates and are compromising the safety and future of our world and every living thing surrounding and within it.
The inhumanities of mankind on mankind itself and of all other life here on Earth is heart-breaking. Sometimes I think it’s just too easy for some of us to turn a blind eye to these atrocities and continue on in our own secure pleasant lives, thinking that our individual actions are not enough to change anything.
We think the problems are too big for us to make a significant difference or change in the situation or we think that someone else is better equipped to help or there are organizations out there to fix and solve the issues.
But the truth is that each and everyone one of us can make a difference even in the smallest way. Many hands make easy work, but many hands are made up of individual hands, and together they can do many things to bring positive changes before it’s too late.
So the next time you’re faced with the opportunity to stand up and make a positive difference in the world or another living being’s life, stand up and be the positive change you want to see in the world.