“What we do in the present echoes down through the ages like ripples in a pond, a responsibility which should not be taken lightly.” Occupy Monsanto
“We do not own the Earth, we borrow it from our children.”
~native american quote
The first quote is a good reminder that we live in a continuum, and our actions (and thoughts and words) today have long lasting impacts on people and the environment. The Native American quote puts things into perspective too, reminding people that we are all stewards of the earth and responsible for keeping it in good shape for our future generations. This quote has been used by environmentally conscious activists to remind people around the world to live a sustainable lifestyle and not overuse the earth’s resources, especially those who live in a consumerist culture to monitor their buy-and-throw-away lifestyle.
Lately, I have also been reflecting that I will leave behind a legacy based on how I live my life. Long after I leave this earth, a part of me will remain as an imprint on earth, in some ways. I think each of us is truly immortal in this sense – we continue to live on earth through the impact we make on people’s lives and on the environment. We also continue to live in the hearts of our children and loved ones, and the same cycle continues in their generation. Who we are today is also the result of our past generations’ actions. For example, we can be thankful not only to notable humanitarians such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr but also countless other souls who have in their own ways make this world a better place for humankind and nature.