Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine a little girl sitting on the furthest bench in the darkest corner, with her knees tucked under her chin and her eyes glazed with a faraway gaze, looking but not seeing her classmates running around, playing, and shrieking during recess time.
The venerable adage “you get what you give” rationalizes that personal endeavors determine the degree of reciprocity. In the context of stewardship, one’s treatment of the Earth produces an immediate environment that is equipped to support life or an environment vulnerable to adversities; there is an unequivocal kinship between Earth and its subjects.
Many forgo vaccinations for their children for a multitude of reasons – because it’s against their beliefs, because of its widespread, yet erroneous, link to autism, or simply because it is not required in their state. Whatever the reason may be, the effect of anti-vaccination can be disastrous.
Though humans have accomplished so much since we first evolved, the time we have spent on Earth is only a mere blip compared to some of Earth’s most durable and extraordinary creatures. These animals have needed to survive in situations much harsher than those humans have experienced. Perhaps studying these creatures may help us face some of the diseases and illnesses that continue to challenge us.