If young people act like this, we usually call this kind of behaviour and attitude "irresponsible", "immature", "short-sighted"... or plain stupid :) Yet, most of us do it all the time...
When "issues" arise and "symptoms" show up that could guide us to have a closer look and to bring back balance, we often choose to "take a pill" and want a "quick fix option" - or ignore them altogether.
We can take painkillers and not address the root causes of our migraine. We can give someone Ritalin to "calm people down".
However, we need to be aware that there are other choices and options as well.
Whales and dolphins often link into my consciousness, and especially during this time of the year (December-February), I am quite alert and try to be receptive for their messages. During this time, there often are mass strandings near the place I live. They happen due to various reasons - some human-related, some not. So far, people’s main strategy to deal with strandings is to get the animals back into the water. This seems the obvious thing to do, right? Interestingly enough, often whales re-strand and it sometimes even looks like "they deliberately come back to land to die".
It surprises me, that only few people seem to be interested in exploring the root causes for stranding on a deeper level. Scientists have to be very careful as they cannot “prove anything” and often are concerned about their funding and reputation. It’s also an easy way out to point at all the reasons, that we humans can NOT influence – and come to the conclusion that it has always happened, there is nothing we can do, really, and so on. There are also efforts that only come from a specific angle, e.g. keeping the whales away from certain coastal areas – which, interestingly enough, doesn’t always work. It might prevent strandings in a certain area (e.g. beepers, setting up lines to shut off challenging terrain, etc.). But whales and dolphin often re-strand or strand in other areas. The message I got from them recently (see “Talking Whale") gives us initial indicators why and points out that a more holistic approach might be needed in order to address strandings.
Unless we address and eliminate human-created factors of strandings we won’t contribute to a situation that is sustainable for the whales/ocean habitat/us humans.
Communicating with the whales gives us a clearer picture of what they are experiencing and what the underlying issues are from their perspective. Together we can then set out to find balance.
P.S.: This applies to many other areas of life as well: communication with out own body and soul, communication with our children & young people, communication with our elders, communication with people who don’t share the same language, culture, values, opinions, beliefs,… How often do we shut our communication partner down and/or impose our own solutions and worldviews onto “them” without listening deeply and trying to perceive the world through their “eyes”?
When we learn to open up, to tune into “different vibes” and to listen deeply with an open heart and open senses – to our body, our children, other cultures, other species – we will make the next evolutionary steps towards well-being and balance for all life.