Argentina, a little lamb to more than cry for
As for millions of other lambs, Argentina’s life began on our vast brown land of Australia. Whilst born to a loving and doting mumma, whose tender nickers and maternal licks had summoned her to life, everything human-designed that would come thereafter was set to diminish it.
Suffering the vagaries of the weather and our weak, wanting and rarely enforced animal protection laws, Argentina, we found, had slipped through yet another crack.
Found wandering aimlessly, with hunger and confusion raging through her tiny form, in an area little lambs never should, her sliding doors moment came when she was seen.
Seen not as the production unit she was born to be but as a precious individual who had somehow lost her way.
Reminding us that, somehow, we have too, is her story.
A story that we can more than cry over.
And while knowing we have lost our way is one thing, understanding that our redemptive actions can be our and their salvation is another. For babies of any species are vulnerable, that is pretty much a given. But alas, what is not, is our human response to them.
Tellingly determined, not by vulnerability, but rather our perception.
And although thinking of the tragic plight of lambs in Australia causes many of us to cry, we encourage you to move through this, seeing tears not as a weakness but a strength. For this is where we find that heart of our humanity, in our vulnerability to be our authentic selves – kind, noble and good.
For recognising the commonality of vulnerability between those innocent and meek lambs and ourselves gives us a new depth of understanding, not only of who we are but who they are as well. And in doing so, we find just the right impetus to propel ourselves into compassionate action to make the world a kinder, more just and fairer place for all.
Argentina, a little lamb to more than cry for…
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