As i am unwrapping my cookie from the plastic wrapping i notice every cookie is wrapped individually as well. Everything seems wrapped in plastic , we have created a sea of plastic that is suffocating our Oceans , and when we take our kids to the Forest we can see the plastic there as well. We are all guilty , instead of buying beverages in a carton or bottle we buy them in plastic put them in your plastic container with plastic wrapped cookies and other treats , sandwiches wrapped in plastic. How did it ever come to this?
In 1839 Eduard Simon, a German apothecary, discovers polystyrene , from there on ,the processes of developing plastic into what it is today have never stopped. Today a world without plastic would be unthinkable , and yet , we have to do something about the pollution it is causing , we are literally choking in plastic. So , and what has this got to do with the Jedi Path?
When we look at the Jedi Code it clearly states:
Ignorance yet knowledge , meaning in this case we as Jedi need to educate ourselves on the use of plastic and how we can contribute to more balance in this as the code requires us. After all as Jedi we are beholden to protect this planet. In this case from Ignorance. We are to give the right example and encourage knowledge in others as well.
If we look at one of the 16 teachings it becomes a bit clearer.
- Jedi serve in many ways. Each action performed, no matter the scale, influences the world. With this in mind Jedi perform each action with peace, caring, love, compassion and humility. So it is that each Jedi improves the world with each deed they perform.
Each action performed , no matter the scale influences the world ! Every Jedi that decides that it’s enough with the plastic and decides to use glass bottles and a more durable way of preserving food is making an impact on the World. He handles his environment with compassion and care, he is humble enough to realise that his action is a drop on a hot plate , but he is also aware that by giving the right example he can inspire other people around him. He is actively improving the world by his deed to lessen the use of plastic.
Another one of the 16 Teachings is touching on the subject of commitment to humanity:
- Jedi make a commitment to their cause and to humanity. Our ideals, philosophies, and practices define the belief of Jediism and we take action on this path for self-improvement and to help others. We are both the witnesses and protectors of the Jedi way by the practice of our convictions.
Jedi are both beholden to self improvement as improvement of the environment , it seems only logical then that they treat their surroundings with utmost care and dedication and that they are careful not to disturb the delicate balance that Nature is. We only have this planet to live on , it would be a shame if our ignorance would destroy it , slowly but surely. There still a lot of work to do.
Happy Earth Day Jedi and take care of our planet ❤
art : Von Wong: Mermaids Hate Plastic.