This past weekend, my wife and I took our 3 boys to see The Lion King. We had a party in our row... popcorn, drinks, and all. The imagery was stunning and, of course, the legendary storyline was engaging and heart-warming.
25 years after seeing the first Lion King, a particular set caught my attention. As Mufasa and Simba stroll the Pride Land discussing the delicacies of power and life, Mufasa says gently to his son Simba…
“Everything you see exists in a delicate balance, as king you need to understand that balance. And respect all creatures from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.”
Simba chimes in, “But Dad, don’t we eat the antelope?”
“Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass and, the antelope eat the grass. So you see, we are all connected in the great circle of life.”
Mufasa goes on to add an incredibly significant perspective:
“Simba, we don’t own the land. We simply protect it.”
As humans, we are king. Disney put it simple and plain. Being a conscious consumer is being fully aware of the fact that life consumes life. If it were not so, life would cease to exist. We have no need to apologize or question who we are or our purpose in the great circle of life. We do, however, own the responsibility to protect the land for future life.
If you haven’t yet, I’d encourage you to take your kids to see the new Lion King. If you don’t have kids at home, take a niece, nephew, or grandchild. You’ll enjoy the movie and it will provide some great conversation for the way home.
Live well this week,
Sean & the Northstar Tribe
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