This is a Virunga Mountain Gorilla infant. There are only about 700 of these precious animals left. They exist in the conjunction of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are often caught in the cross hairs of political violence and sadly are also still poached. It seems almost impossible to believe that any one could intentionally kill such a magnificent creature, one so like us in so many ways. I can’t imagine looking at this photo and not wanting to cuddle and love this sweet baby.
As we fight over lipstick on pigs and qualifications for office by being in close proximity to another nation, the world turns on, and real issues abound of life and death, need and excess. Around the globe we assault other living creatures out of greed, ignorance and simple lack of awareness. As if they all existed primarily for our use and abuse. I guess the biblical literalists actually believe that to be true. I don’t.
It is a proven fact that we can be measured by the care we give to animals, both as pets and as our environmental neighbors. We surely are scoring very low on the scales as we neglect these phenomenal evolutionary beings, by destroying their homes and callously murdering them for supposed medicinal and sexual aids.
There is so much wrong with our world these days. It is an affront to humanity and to all life on this planet that we continue to waste time on personal agendas of power that impact so severely on everyone else. We cannot afford to indulge those who put themselves and profit before the common good of the planet and its inhabitants.
God expects us to care for the earth, not destroy it and those that have evolved and live in symbiotic relation with her. If a sweet photo like this of an innocent does not move you, then look into the precious eyes of your children, your grandchildren, or even a neighborhood child. Can you in good conscience continue to play the politics of culture wars when so very much is at stake?
You owe it to yourself, your neighbors, your community, country and global neighbors to become informed, to learn the truth, and to vote what is best for the greatest good. To do less is to indulge in selfishness and unforgivable laziness. If there indeed is a judgment day that we all must face, think of how you might answer for your vote. Don’t let fear, bigotry, and hatred rule your heart or mind this election. Rise above the politics of smears and lies. Reach for a better tomorrow. Believe in the dream. See the far horizon of hope. Your children are going to be living there. What will you give them as your legacy?