by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor
Mother Earth joins humanity to lament and weep
Together, wail and sob, crying out from the deep
Reverse our course, lest life, in all forms
Be damned, to eternal, lifeless, sleep.
– Irene Fowler
Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or somethin’ else, welcome to the melting pot. I am on West African time, so ‘servez-vous.’
Even though we are helpless to change things on a macro scale, we can in our own small ways, align with love and the positive. As we contribute our quota, we are building towards a critical mass which can force change/s for good.
Beauty And The Beast – Quotes:
“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. she reminds us of what we used to be.
She reminds us of what we could be.”
“Since you are so kind as to think of me, be so kind as to bring me a rose, for as none grow hereabouts, they are a kind of rarity.”
“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.”
“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”
Out of the mouths of babes, there is perfected wisdom. This biblical proverb is both a truism and an admonition, borne out by the selection of Greta Thunberg, as the 2019 TIME person of the year, at the tender age of sixteen. She was festooned with this most coveted title; commanding the global stage, not as a genius, or worker of miracles, but as a sixteen year old ordinary, nondescript, adolescent girl.
However, Greta is unlike most of her age peers. She must have spent several anxious, sleepless nights and experienced serious misgivings, pondering her calling and passion, as a climate activist; a mission which has totally consumed every fiber of her being. At her age, her contemporaries are totally besotted with their appearance or in singular pursuit of peer acceptance or measure their self-worth, by the amount of attention flowing their way from male/female counterparts.
These phenomena may be considered rites of passage, but if not successfully traversed, can unfortunately lead to dire consequences, which mar the individual, and sometimes have lasting effects, well into adulthood. The need for external affirmation can be torturous. At Greta’s age, selflessness, altruism and apocalypticism, are very seldom at the fore. These traits/concerns rarely co-mingle, with the vagaries and hardships of adolescent self-discovery.
Today’s celebrity culture, emphasising self-promotion and self-adulation, compounded with the ubiquitous social media craze and it’s pitfalls, has taken over our youth worldwide. It is especially unforgiving for young females, who are constantly bombarded with images from Madison Avenue, the world’s advertising mecca, emitting subtle and not so subtle messages, on standards of beauty, to which every girl should aspire. The not so wily messaging, being that a young girl need look no further to identify and locate her self-worth and value to society, than the superficiality of physical looks and ‘correct’ packaging. She is led to believe that this is inextricably linked to her raison d’etre.
Greta personifies the following quote:
“True beauty in an individual is reflected in their soul.” Audrey Hepburn.