The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery - not over nature but of ourselves”
Last year for the Fourth of July I did the ultimate patriotic musical, 1776. Watching this movie is our family tradition for the holiday. This year pride means something different than the holiday. It is "Pride goeth before fall", Pride as one of the seven deadly sins, and the animals of the planet including the prides of lions whose habitat is being destroyed mile after mile by the one creature that can alter its environment for the worse.
How many of the species that existed when that wonderful document was signed are now gone forever? How many are we close to losing? How many of the pristine seas, lakes and rivers explored by the founders are now polluted with the waste of mankind? How much of the once clear air is now filled with choking chemicals and by products? Can we in all honesty still sing these lines from Katherine Bates poem: America The Beautiful
O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!
In 1776 the population of the country was 2.5 million. It is now over 300 million. The world population was 978 million. It is now 7 billion and will be 9 billion in 40 years. Dominion does not grant the right of destruction. Think of the miracle of the earth, the beauty that still exists, the amazing diversity and wonder of creation, and the circle of life of which we are all a part. Preserving that would be a matter of real pride.
Ten years ago there were 100,000 in the wild. Now there are approximately 30,000. Unless we change, there may be only one way to see a pride and a Lion King.