How we treat people and animals that have no power over us says the most about our character. It’s a simple equation. It doesn’t take too many variables into consideration.
But it takes the right ones:
Power + Respect
Recently, I have been having a great time observing a mama goose who decided to make her nest not far from our condo.
She nested in my next-door neighbors’ flowerbed to be exact. I was fascinated by her, and her male counterpart, as they embarked on this whole process.
I’m not innately a lover of geese but I was smitten by the mama and her devotion. I took pictures of her every morning, talked to her, and she seemed to either not be afraid or liked me. I’d like to think it was the latter.
Shortly after the winged pair’s arrival the condo neighborhood got its feathers ruffled about the goose nesting. That made me feel even more protective of her.
I was excitedly awaiting goslings in about three weeks. Sadly, on Earth day in fact, the nest was dismantled. I came home to find the barren home and was heartbroken.
I’m not ashamed to admit I teared up.
I just couldn’t fathom why someone would do this. My neighbors who were playing host to the nest aren’t even home and I certainly wasn’t complaining.
Are we that sure as humans that our needs, our ideas, our convenience supersede all other creatures?
She was just a mother looking for a safe place to have her babies.
Sure geese can be messy and when agitated — aggressive. But for a lousy 21 days we humans could have played along. We could have, at the very least, pretended to care.
We could have driven a little slower through the complex so as not to disturb the male goose faithfully patrolling around the nest in an effort to keep her safe.
While this story does not have the ending I was anticipating, I am thankful for the reminder. When you take a side of any situation ask yourself how you fare in the equation. What do your actions, when added, equal?
The equation is simple: Power + Respect.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G