Update #10 ·

​Finding Faith in Wildlife

Finding Faith in Wildlife

Stephen Capra

It seems the older I get the more I look at life and try to understand the meaning of the word faith. In my younger years my idealism was focused on working toward change through politics. There were many exciting moments lobbying in Washington and I was able to see for myself that change can occur if you have the patience. Something I dearly lacked and found myself bitter about as the days and years of my youth turned solidly to middle age, was watching lands remain unprotected, species being wiped out, observing greed and a booming population coalescing into a tsunami of loss to our natural world.

So as we all bear witness to these changing times many of us are left to ponder the idea of faith. You see my faith in man has largely disappeared. There remain good people, smart people looking to make real change in our world. Many more have spent their lives on such a path, no matter how small the impact. One of the greatest aspects of this was the feeling that we were part of a mission to make the world a better place.

Like a black and white photo we can remember the Kennedy era. We can see the signing of such great achievements as the Alaska Lands Act. We can remember the early warning sounds of problems in the Amazon, or the loss of rhinos, elephants, wolves and tigers. Since that time it’s the Arctic that is melting. Antarctica, is losing ice, while Republicans continue to ignore humility in the face of global climate calamity. Greed and power are the two human traits that are killing us and America is no longer the only game in the killing field. Our model of consumerism and consumption has other countries and their people hungry for more. This propels oil companies, mining, dam builders and logging operations into what is left of our wildness, what is left of our sanity.

Man is on a collision course with destiny. History has shown our ability to ignore the consequences of our actions. That is why I put my faith in animals, wildlife and view these two in the embodiment of thought as major teachers. These are the most important links in humans saving themselves. That will however, require a new way of thinking and respecting wildness.




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