When we were
young, we were always taught to love the world and everything living on it. We
were taught to love the earth, the sea, the sky, and everything in between. We
were taught to love humans, animals, plants, even to give respect to non-living
things. Throughout our lives we are taught so many things that we have already
lost count. We keep hearing the same things at home, school, and even work – to
the point that it’s impossible to even forget these things.
many of us truly care for the well-being of others? Who among us have the
wellness of the world in our best interests? With the way things are now, I
dare not say that we have remained true to the teachings we have received while
young. We do not love this world; we are slowly destroying it while selfishly
claiming that we aren’t doing anything wrong.
selfishness, one good example is the celebration of Christmas.
I know that
you’re probably like “What? Why
Christmas? There clearly isn’t anything wrong with Christmas? After all, we
are made to think and believe that Christmas is the most beautiful, selfless,
and forgiving time of the year. But while it is all of those things, it is also
none of those things – at least not for all creatures.
beautiful – for humans.
selfless – for humans.
forgiving – for humans.
It’s a human
tradition so it comes to no one’s surprise that the only living thing it’s benefiting
in this world is humans too. But how about the rest? There is practically
thousands – no, millions of other life species out there. It’s not just us. We
have other life forms on land that aren’t human. We have cows, zebras,
elephants, cantaloupes, and many other creatures. We have other life forms
living in large bodies of water, too. We have crustaceans, fishes, dolphins,
and whales to name a few. Let’s not also forget our aerial friends living high
in the sky.
the rest of them are suffering from the aftermath. Christmas is one of the
biggest holidays of the year. It’s celebrated in most countries of world by
almost every family. It goes without saying that it is also a very big source
of waste and pollution.
wrapping Christmas presents and hanging decorations on trees and around the
house, have you ever stopped to think about where all of these things go after
you’re done with them? Have you ever thought about how much waste we produce
from gift wrappers alone? Have you ever considered who is taking the blow every
time we celebrate this “most wonderful time of the year?
I really don’t
think you have. Otherwise, you would’ve started rethinking your ways already.
This year, I
challenge you. I know it’s still very early to challenge you, but still, I want
you to give all of this some thought. I want you to think for as long and as
hard as you could.
What can you do to improve Christmas? Not just
for yourself but for everybody else.