What a beautiful world that we live in! Even amongst the hard times, we must be grateful for our time upon this Earth, and cherish the Earth as it cherishes us... even though we consistently destroy it. Take something as seemingly simple as the Aurora Borealis; the beautiful, natural Earth- produced lights that we delight in being able to view. Caused by electromagnetic "explosions" that are brought into the atmosphere by the Earth's magnetic core, these lights are sought-after, gorgeous, and reveled by many in their beauty.
Do we take the Earth for granted? Most certainly we do. We continually dump upon the Earth, like it is the "Brian" of our social group - Dane Cook reference- when we should be treating it like our cherished younger brother, or an animal that knows nothing but unconditional love for us. We must protect it, nurture it, heal it, love it, and most of all, be proud of it.
I love the quote below from The Dalai Lama because he is 100% correct. We cannot go back in time and fix the destruction caused by previous generations, nor can our anger about this change what has happened. We must take advantage of the technology and information that we have today to prevent further destruction.
Go hug a real tree! Tell a creek that you love it!
Blow kisses to birds (though I would advise against actually kissing a bird)!
Appreciate our Earth.
"Our ancestors viewed the earth as rich and bountiful, which it is. Many people in the past also saw nature as inexhaustibly sustainable, which we know is the case only if we care for it. It is not difficult to forgive destruction in the past that resulted from ignorance. Today, however, we have access to more information, and it is essential that we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations."
- His Holiness, The Dalai Lama