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Conquering Fear by Embracing Something Larger Than Yourself

Some hate him, some love him, but this seems to be the trait of every person that sets out to make a change with a bang…  In his view, protection of the planet is more important than preserving his own life.  His name is Captain Paul Watson, founder of SeaShepherd organization.

Some criticize him for his pirate ways, but most applaud him for his ingenuity on getting the job done given the available resources.   Some critique him for not being civil but the  people from whom he protects defenseless creatures are insane.  As he says himself, his job is to “confront the hypocracy of humanity.”

Captain Watson has got to be the most controversial Environmental Activist on the planet right now. He says “We should measure the intellgince of human beings by ability to live in harmony with other species.”  Yep, sounds radical to the masses but I’m sure for most of us here, this is our mantra too.

I’d like to share with you a video that paints a portrait of a true environmental champion.  This is a long video, about 30 minutes but if you want to see what drives a truly passionate activist you’ll see it here.  His courage is contageous, his dedication is inspiring.   (If you also want to watch the video below Captain Watson’s speech then  use caution, it’s graphic and it really shows hell on earth and the true stupidity of the people committing the slaughter of those whales. Why do they undertake this carnage every year? Because of tradition – that’s right – tradition.  The footage will speak for itself).

The annual Grind of the Pilot Whales by stranding and slaughtering them in the sea of blood. Torshavn, Faeroe Islands 23/7-2010

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  • Kirsten September 20, 2010, 7:45 pm

    “I am testifying as an emotional woman and I would like to ask you, gentlemen, what’s wrong with emotion? Beauty is a resource in and of itself. Alaska must be allowed to be Alaska, that is her greatest economy. I hope the United States of America is not so rich that she can afford to let these wildernesses pass by, or so poor she cannot afford to keep them.” – Mardy Murie – In congressional testimony about the Alaska Lands Act

    I hope that humans are not so out of touch, not so “poor” that they miss completely that unless we can create a world where we all win, we all are going to lose.

    People say, “save the whales, or save the salmon, or save the trees.” I think the reality is that they will all be fine, if we are so un-enlightened that we put ourself out of existence. We need to save them, as part of saving us!

    I think this is true in both a literal and figurative sense.

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