Monday, March 12, 2012

The Lorax

I recently went to see the new kid's movie, The Lorax.  It's from a Dr Seuss book of the same name.  I was moved by the lessons in the story, about the evil of runaway greed, about caring for the environment, and about being an activist for what you care about.

It's a story about a world made of plastic because corporate greed came before people and the environment and the Once-ler cut all the trees down to manufacture thneed, a multiple use garment made from the leaves of the trees.  Without trees, the Once-ler is out of business, the air has become polluted and now, Mr. O'Hare is getting rich selling clean air.  O'Hare is against reintroducing trees because it would effect his profit.

The Lorax speaks for the trees and tries to convince the Once-ler from cutting them down.

The Once-ler doesn't listen and ....

Now all that was left 'neath the bad-smelling sky
was my big empty factory...
the Lorax...
and I.
The Lorax said nothing
just gave me a glance.
Just gave me a very sad, sad backward glance.
He lifted himself by the seat of his pants
and I'll never forget the grim look on his face
as he hoisted himself and took leave of this place
through a hole in the smog without leaving a trace
and all that the Lorax left here in this mess was a small pile of rocks with one word.

Enter into this story young Ted, who in an effort to impress his romantic interest, Audrey, goes to the Once-ler and gets the last tree seed, plants it and returns order to the world.

Ted asks the Once-ler what the word UNLESS means and he replies......

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.

So, if you have a cause you care about, don't wait for others and don't complain that only a few are doing all the work, do what you can. 
It starts with one person, one person who cares a whole awful lot.

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