You can cross someone off your Motherâ€™s Day gift list. A new article decrees our planetâ€™s title of â€śMother Earthâ€ť as a misnomer, and, even suggests that itâ€™s problematic.
By engendering and personifying Earth as a mother, weâ€™re looking at it as someone who is selfless, who absorbs human abuse, and who will, at the end of the day, solve everything with her wisdom. Essentially weâ€™re comparing the planet Earth to someone so loving and nurturing that theyâ€™ll pack you a lunch for your first day of your internshipâ€¦when youâ€™re 22.
The reality is, the Earth doesnâ€™t give that much of a damn about our well-being, and itâ€™s our responsibility to take care of it. Yes, it sustains us with food in a looser sense, but it could care less about accommodating our needs. Itâ€™s dangerous to assume that the Earth will forgive environmental bad behavior, from littering to excessive deforestation to not recycling your frappucino cup when thereâ€™s a recycling bin right down the block. Maybe this still resonates with other peopleâ€™s relationship with their mothers, but regardless.
Essentially, it calls for action for us to be the true caretakers of our planet instead of the other way around. Honoring and respecting our planet is done by actively treating it as something that needs to be taken care of. Because while it will not physically pack your lunch for you, itâ€™s well-being relates to our quality and capability of living
Image via Planet--earth.ca
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