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I See You, Mr. Moth

June 8, 2010

I remember watching Avatar in Read 3D with a somewhat talkative group. I love doing that; making comments, sarcastic or sincere, about almost every scene that happens.

I don’t mean to spoil the movie for you (don’t read on if you don’t like it. In my opinion this isn’t really a spoiler), but when Home Tree fell, the entire audience grew silent.

Everyone says (and they should) that the movie is very similar to the arrival of the Europeans at America. It took centuries for us to realize what we did to the natives was cruel and down-right wrong. Maybe it was because the Na’vi people were fifteen feet tall, blue, and powerful fighters that the humans “gave in” a bit faster. But what about bugs?

This sounds completely irrelevant, but everytime I mow the lawn, I see a moth or a bug fly onto a grass blade right in front of the mower. It reminds me of the Omaticaya people fighting for their homeland. Insects are miniature creatures and can barely put up a fight against humans (especially a deadly spinning blade). We never think twice about destroying their homes because we didn’t really kill the grass and it makes our lawns pretty. Is it fair to draw a line between destroying a home and grooming a lawn? I think not; animals live on your lawn too. But what can we do? We live in a society where that line is present, indelible in fact.

If a specific bug was endangered, would it be illegal for us to kill it? We are told that they have no conscience and that they cannot feel pain, but how can we say that? Did we ask them how they feel when we step on them? Unfortunately, I must say that I will probably not cease to mow the lawn, and probably neither will you as it does make the yard look pretty, but reflection towards the animals’ feelings (if there are any) is a great start.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rebecca permalink
    June 8, 2010 5:14 pm

    Aww Kevin! That’s really sweet and considerate of you. It reminds me of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when Moody was using the unforgiveable curses on the spiders. I believe anything that can move of its own free will has feelings. Us humans are just too selfish to acknowledge it.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    June 8, 2010 8:40 pm

    hah, just your lawn and stop complaining

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