I went out to purchase a couple of yard tools this morning. While I was standing in queue my eyes roamed to the items in the cart ahead of me. A few plants, a garden hose, a bag of "snail and slug death"... A BAG OF "SNAIL AND SLUG DEATH"!!
I wanted to scream out to the woman with the cart and ask her how she could kill these creatures, how she could use such a toxic poison on other beings and on the earth and in her yard. I had a dialogue in my head of how the conversation would go. After me asking her the question she would look at me like I was crazy or something and then verify her suspicions when noticing my "FREE TIBET" t-shirt. And then she would say, in a condescending tone: "they are eating my flowers... "
While the cashier was ringing up the woman's purchases I watched her expression while scanning the bag of DEATH, you know to see if she was as sickened by it as me. No change in her face, nope, just another item to her.
And then I wondered, don't people think about things like this? Don't they realize that we do not own the earth and that we do not have the right to kill innocent beings just because we can? How do people justify this sort of thing? Humans thinking that they are so superior with the right to kill other beings is such an insult to mother earth.
I found it interesting that the title of the snail and slug poison did not even decorate the name with something other than the word "DEATH". You know something sterile like "Snail and Slug Eliminator" or "Snail and Slug Be-Gone".
After leaving the store I felt sad about the snails and slugs in this woman's yard, happily munching away on greenery only to be tricked into a meal of poison that sentences them to death. I thought about the snails and slugs in my yard that I see everywhere, that I delight in photographing, that I share my flowers with, wondering what their earthly purpose is.
What I really appreciate about them is the magnificent unhurried energy that they have, the way that they gracefully glide over rocks and take their time getting to where they are going. Few of us notice this in our busy rush through life with no time to consider the impact that our actions have on the planet and all of her inhabitants.