“Our task must be to free ourselves….by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Albert Einstein
We had such a downpour of rain this morning that the road had to be closed in at least one section of town. My son told me the water came up near the bumper of his truck. It was quite a deluge! He joked that he hoped it wouldn’t cause a flood and another evacuation. Today is the 3rd of July – two months since wildfires forced the evacuation of our community of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The fires still burn north and east of us and into Saskatchewan continuing to wreak havoc, but in areas uninhabited by human beings – yet homes are still being destroyed – the lairs of bears, foxes, coyotes; little forest glades where deer and moose rest their heads, and the nests of birds and tiny field mice, chipmunks, and squirrels, and much more.
Somebody posted photos on Facebook of a bear pillaging garbage cans here in the city. The poor animal is painfully thin and it made me think of all the wildlife that is being displaced as huge tracts of habitat is lost to the wildfires.
We know that trees are vital to life on this planet, our very breath is dependent on the oxygen trees and plant life provide. I firmly believe we are all one – each organism dependent upon one another for life. If we cannot feel compassion for a starving bear or a burning tree we seal our own death sentence. In the words of Circle of Life by Elton John:
“Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars”
Nature is living with the scars of this great wildfire. Let us widen our circle of compassion to include her.