Slow down and reflect on what you and your family truly need

Slow down and reflect on what you and your family truly need
                        

Letter to the Editor:

Enough. When do “we” ever have enough to fill our insatiable desire for more? More money, more possessions, more property, more titles, achievements, more, more, more.

We human beings are the only species on the planet that take more than we need. A coyote doesn’t kill all the rabbits and mice, just enough to meet its basic need to survive.

Just like the invasive plant species multi-flora, which will take over a forest floor, pushing out the diversity of the native species, humans are pushing out the diversity of all other living species with our perceived “needs” and our desire to expand and consume.

“More” does not bring permanent happiness. As this disease of unhappiness and discontent grows, we must remember the difference between wants and needs.

In our blind unawareness of the pursuit for more, our needs are being destroyed right in front of us: poisoned water; polluted air; and depleted, overworked, chemically treated soil.

As we enter our season of ever-increasing consumption, slow down and reflect on what you and your family truly need: clean water and air, foods that are pure and not filled with toxins, safe shelter, and above all love.

If we continue to consume and take more than we need — just like cancer cells — we will destroy this planet including ourselves. There are signs of these impacts every night on the news and in the ever-increasing industrialized landscape in and around our communities.

So in this season of giving, give love, give acts of kindness, give of your time and attention, give joy and happiness in the small, simple, priceless things.

Be aware of when you have enough and focus on the priceless gifts that surround you. Model that to your family and your community. Be the change we all need to see in the world.

India’s influential moral leader Mohandas Gandhi famously said that “there is enough on Earth for everybody’s need but not enough for everybody’s greed.”

Reflect on each decision you make and the ripple of impacts it has on your children, your friends and neighbors, your community, and your own life and health both now and for future generations. Be mindful of whether or not you would make this same decision if money was not involved. You can’t put a price on the beauty of Ohio’s peaceful, rural landscape; our clean air; and pure water. Please do not let greed blind you to taking these things from your community in exchange for some “pieces of silver.”

Theresa Clark

Loudonville


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