We Are The Cure
I hit a milestone this week as it has been a year since my surgery for stage four ovarian cancer. One year that has been filled with healing, hardship and trying to adapt to a life that has been filled as well with reflection and also sadness. I have had this blog for over a decade and have brought forth a myriad of issues and information that spans the globe. So much time spent sending out an SOS about the crisis of humanity centering on water, our source of life.
As we look out into the world today we see more pollution, more corporatization, more war and a climate crisis now truly illustrating that consequences not considered can reap a deadly future. News of corals in the Great Barrier reef dying, to continued pollution of our oceans from spills, plastic, fracking, overfishing and extreme warming (and Arctic Amplification) souping up storms, the most devastating Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria, which also laid bare not just the effects of extreme climate, but the persistent political corruption, racism and economic bias that exists at the highest levels of government.
The juxtaposition of these tragedies to my time of healing has in all honesty left me sad and angry. All those days of pain, discomfort, fear and also hope pushed me to defeating the cancer (hopefully for good) because I knew life was precious and worth living. To me, it is the same regarding water. We know that clean water leads to health, prosperity and a balance with the Earth that works in tandem with our bodies and souls to bring peace.
Yet, we still infect the oceans with plastic, toxins, nuclear waste, agricultural toxins in amounts becoming more unsustainable for marinelife and ourselves. We continue infecting the air with greenhouse gases we know have now catapulted humanity into unprecedented territory. We know what we need to do to heal our affliction, yet we continue poisoning the Earth and wasting and destroying its resources.
Any cancer patient who knows what they need to do to fight the disease does it even though it requires a sacrifice. I wish that mentality could be applied to the other crises we face as humans. The moral of the story...when you see a challenge before you, to not do all in your power to do the right thing to fix it, to heal it, is endemically immoral.
My cancer was not something I caused, at least not directly. However, the damage we are doing to water resources and the Earth in general is being done directly. We would never turn our backs on someone we love who is suffering from cancer or any other disease. Therefore, for the world we love, the water essential to our lives and those for whom there is no one to speak for them we can do no less. We must do no less.
Peace and health to you all.
Water Is Life.