Caring for living things

People forget that their activities impact living things.

This cat had an unhappy start to her life from uncaring people until she was rescued.  I captured a photo of Pebbles this week sleeping in happy contentment near me, a cat that is now cared for.

This cat had an unhappy start to her life from uncaring people until she was rescued. I captured a photo of Pebbles this week sleeping in happy contentment near me, a cat that is now cared for.

It seems to me every aspect of human society has forgotten something important – caring.  I felt enraged at the aftermath of the Malaysian plane crash in the Ukraine when everyone was too busy with propaganda, the victims and their families forgotten.  In another media report an US-based internet company Comcast treated a customer badly who wanted to leave them, the “retention specialist” treated the customer to a 20-minute harassing interrogation.  Then there was Southwest Airlines that ordered a customer off their aircraft unless they deleted a tweet about poor customer service.

All actions we take impacts a living thing.  If I discard a broken bottle to the pavement, the little boy I saw a few weeks ago happily running along barefoot would be injured.  If I littered the grass of Colchester Castle Park with glass, little children rolling down the grassy hill would be injured.  If I cast a plastic bag into the river a swan would choke to death on it.  No individual is an island, every action impacts another living entity, thus caring for living things is vital in our everyday activity.

When I care for a living thing such as my oak saplings I give full focus to their needs, so those oak saplings prosper.  Even though Pebbles is not my cat, I give her lots of attention so that the naïve little cat follows me around, she trusts I wont step on her, so that in caring for her I have to practice mindfulness of her presence.

If we all incorporate caring into our activities, we will develop responsibility for our actions, that all we do impacts something, even if we are unable to see it.  This week I have changed my company mission statement to one that involves “caring,” moving the focus from company to stakeholders such as the customer.  When I build information processes I know that one end of the process is a living entity such as a human being.

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19 responses to “Caring for living things

  1. Alex, as you know, thanks to Jean, many of our animals here are rescues. The speed at which an animal learns to trust their new ‘owners’ staggers me. That trust by the animal comes through as the animal caring for a human. Without doubt.

    One does wonder if a human was badly harmed by a dog or by a horse whether that same human would so easily learn to care for those same species of creatures?

    • I think most people would develop a phobia against such animals if harmed by them, it is natural. We should remember that the minds of animals are different from that of humans, they have no sense of past/present or I/you, which means they process memory and emotions in a different way to us.

  2. So sweet of Pebbles! She love and trust you! Cheers!

  3. Excellent posting and very wise. Hugs, Barbara

  4. Alex, I did hear about those stories and they are horrible. We have forgotten the customer is what keeps a business running. Businesses such as Comcast have geographic monopolies and therefore “forget” to treat customers with the respect they deserve.

    For the last three years we have been filling a bird feeder daily. The birds have gotten so used to us feeding them and seem to remember the faces of those who care for them to the point that neighbors are shocked at how close the birds will come to those who do the actual feeding. They know those who won’t harm them and do not fear us. It’s high time companies learn to heed that lesson.

  5. I agree with you 100%

  6. Great post on caring, Alex. I agree whole-heartedly. I have several furry friends in my pack. It is amazing what a little love and caring will do.

  7. Yes seems many have lost the ability to care Alex I so agreed with your sentence..
    “If we all incorporate caring into our activities, we will develop responsibility for our actions, that all we do impacts something, even if we are unable to see it”..

    Every action has a reaction.. Many thanks for your post

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