Laughing Baby video:
Just three days ago, if someone asked me what my first video in
MySpace would likely be, I'd guess something like the scene of the
dolphin slaughter in Futo, Japan, or a new footage of the Canadian seal
massacre. But almost involuntarily, I uploaded the video of a laughing
When I did so, I did not know why, except for that it put me
instantly into a great mood. If you haven't yet. I would urge you to
watch it now before reading on.
Now that I've had three days to think about it, I realize that I
could not have made a better choice had I gone through 10,000 looking
for the one.
In AR and environmentalism, the first lesson to learn is to 1, not
become a misanthrope, and 2, maintain a sense of optimism. In a flash,
this baby's delight, and light, illuminated the darkest corners of my
psyche. His laughter seems to emerge from a bottomless well of humor,
and humor is the food for optimism, and vice versa.
I had a beloved baby friend once upon a time. His name was
Christopher. He personified innocence and optimism, a blank slate that
could eventually be filled with beauty, joy and wisdom, or else
ugliness, sorrow and corruption, as the case maybe. Neither would be of
his own choosing, so in this sense, his innocence remains intact
somewhere within him no matter what. I could not say to him, "I will
hate you if you one day become a sealer." I could not tolerate the sense
of hate when talking to Christopher as a baby, or to any baby. What I
did say to Christopher-as-a-baby was, "I will love you no matter what
you will become, even if I hate what you will do."
Nor could I say to baby Christopher, or any baby, "I wish that your
species will become extinct in a flash, because it is the plague of the
Earth," if only because it would kill him as well, among the millions of
other innocent babies.
Of course, I cannot imagine him, or me, clubbing a baby to death, be
it a baby human, or a baby seal.
I was once a baby, who says through me today, "We as a species have
no choice but to make good, and we can, and I believe that we will. Why?
Because those few humans ahead of their time will lead their species to
enlightenment, integration and transcendence."
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