Yesterday I was listening to some Pink Floyd tunes and came across an old favorite called, “Take It Back”. I’d heard this song many times before but as I listened yesterday, I picked up a different message.
The song is written as though to a woman, but the woman to whom he was speaking was the Ocean. I heard an homage to the power, majesty, and grace the Ocean carries with it. Perhaps also a warning.
The message said to me that it isn’t our jobs as humans to save the oceans or the trees or the waterways. It said if we, as a species, don’t change our patterns, we’re going to need to start a “Save the Humans” campaign. The song was suggesting that if we don’t practice virtuous behavior, she may decide to take it back someday.
Humans have some questionable practices regarding the environment. The industrialized nations favor exploitation of resources over preservation. In the name of capitalism & progress, we’re making a mess of our home, the Earth. It’s the only one we’ve got. It seems reasonable to treat it with utmost kindness, humility, & respect. Instead, we’re pretty disrespectful. Arrogant, even.
As I walked along the beach this morning, I thought again of this song and this idea. With only a few minor adjustments, the ocean could dismantle all the stuff on which we pride ourselves. Swoosh…all gone. It’s time to eat a big slice of Humble Pie before we end up with the whole pie slapped in our faces.
This line of thinking brought a smile to my face (I’ve got a weird sense of humor). I started thinking about how this all related to minimalism. Minimalism is a powerful part in the Save the Humans campaign.
Minimalism focuses on less consumerism because we realize we don’t need so much stuff. It leads us to think of things like recycling, ecologically sound eating habits; the whole sustainability thing. If humans, particularly the industrialized nations, were to embrace minimalism with gusto, we’d wipe out some, if not all, of the big problems facing us as a species.
Let’s take it back to basics.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” is one of the all time coolest bits of advice I’ve heard. I was blessed with this bit of wisdom from Mohandas Gandhi. He walked it and talked it. His accomplishments are proof. As esoteric as it seems upon first hearing, I’ve found it to be quite effective for manifesting change.
I’m in charge of me. You’re in charge of you. If each of us take it upon ourselves to walk on the Earth in a good way, we return the gift of respect and love the Earth has given us in giving us a place to live for all these thousands of years.
We don’t want her to be tempted to take it back.
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I’m humbled by the ocean’s power. What’s your opinion on human interaction with the Earth and the sea? While we’re at it, what do you think of Pink Floyd? Conversations welcome.