“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”
Dr. Seuss “The Lorax“
This quote is quite timely as many of us flock to the theaters to see the new big screen adaptation of the original ecological morality play from 1971. Dr. Seuss proudly climbed on the “Earth Day Everyday” bandwagon as he cautioned us all to see the bigger picture and realize our interconnectedness. But today’s blog isn’t really just about the trees, or our physical planet, for you know, that’s a whole other story. This blog isn’t about the fuzzy yellow Lorax’s voice either. It’s about our voices, yours and mine.
Our physical world is inhabited by a multitude of voiceless forms of life, plant, animal, and human, affording those of us who are capable of speaking or writing, a never-ending list of opportunities to use our voices for good. You may favor speaking out about saving our seas and the creatures within. Maybe you’re an animal rescuer, a furry friend finder for those abandoned. Others may dare to care for voiceless children in the Guardian Ad Litem program or use the power of the pen to protest wrongs against others who have no voice, are ignored, or silenced.
One of us can’t do everything, but we can all do something! Each of us can use our voice in support of the voiceless, and in the words of the belated TV chef Justin Wilson, that colorful Cajun, “I guar-an-tee” that in doing so, we will be blessed tenfold.
Peace and Love