10/26/08

Life is precious


I took this picture during June in the Kruger National Park. It is difficult to count the babies on the picture but there were nine or ten. Just look at the little ears!
As you know by now - I have an extremely soft spot for animals. Therefore it should not come as a surprise to any of you that this morning, while preparing breakfast for my husband and me with the television on CNN , I broke down in heart rendering sobs when they showed footage of this little dog refusing to leave a burning house. It seems the owner told the firemen that their dog is missing and supposedly in this burning house! They went in - found the brave little dog who could barely breath by the time they got to him. He was watching over a litter of newly born kittens! They saved all of them - gave the little dog oxygen and the first thing he did when he came to was to lick each and every one of the small kittens! There - I am crying again! Life is simply precious! And with this in mind I think about the horrifying picture of an extremely proud American hunter and his Namibian (or South African - I am not sure) guide smiling broadly and proudly next to the carcass of a magnificent leopard which he shot in Namibia. WHY!!!!!!????? Just to be able to tell his friends that he shot a leopard in Africa? Drape the beautiful royal skin on his floor? WHY? Life is precious - it was such a lovely, proud animal once ...
This weekend Oscar Tulio Lizcano was saved from the guerrillas who kept him hostage for the past eight years in Columbia - how? One of the rebels decided that enough was enough, turned on his own people and saved this congressman. He is extremely ill and could not stand during the ensuing news conference, during which he said, "Life is above any wealth you saved." Life is precious.
Why do we not try from today onwards to be happy with what we have received - and not be upset about those thing we want and cannot have and remember that whatever we have - it is so much more than what many other people has! Why don't we start to treasure life again. Look around you - at the flowers and insects, the birds and all other living things. Treat other people as you want to be treated and I am sure that this world will be a much better place for it.
Have a nice day dear reader.

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