I’ve shared this already on another blog, but it is so improtant… and also I can’t get the image of ants and grasshoppers out of my mind:
Wasteful and destructive practices are embedded in our lives – I know some people manage to live completely plastic free, but trying to just reduce our own household plastics is so difficult – the wretched stuff is everywhere, because it is actually so useful! Trying to use less resources is manageable, turning down the heating, turning off electrical items – completely off, not just left on standby, buying less, using less… There’s still a long way to go in our household but we are making an effort, we are trying in our tiny way. However when I see video and pictures of the vast amount of energy international companies and countries are using, the unimaginable amount of waste produced that’s not being properly disposed of, the total lack of care or regard to implementing even small changes, it makes me choosing a paper rather than plastic bag seem almost futile. Depressing, worrying, anxiety inducing, but we carry on doing what we can.
I am reminded of the story of the ants and the grasshoppers. I first came across it as a child in a book of Æsop’s fables I was given as a very little girl by my god-mother. The story is simple; the industrial ant works hard whereas the the grasshopper spends it’s days fiddling and making merry. Winter comes and the ant has it’s stores and home to survive the privations and cold, the grasshopper is caught on the hop (a little joke) In some versions the grasshopper perishes, in others the kindly ant lets it share its shelter and supplies. I’m guessing most people these days know the story from the film ‘A Bug’s Life’.
Ants in real life are many, and although locusts might also swarm and be many, I think ants outnumber them. However in real life, us ants, us little ones trying to make a difference, not just to our world, but the world, are few and the multinational, conglomerate, powerful, rich grasshoppers have all the power and all the means and all the wealth to do exactly what they want to become more powerful and wealthy. The grasshoppers are so short-sighted, they care nothing for the ants and nothing for the world, and nothing for the future.
Thanks to Joni Hydayat for the image:
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