Environmental Essay Project

By ~ Daphne Rave Ching

There are three things I would discuss below: (1) To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.—Buddha; (2) You must be the change you wish to see in the world.—Mahatma Gandhi; and (3) It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.—J.R.R. Tolkien. The similarities and differences and the personal value of the three quotes are also discussed.

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.—Buddha

Nobody could claim ownership of all things on earth. Human beings are just stewards of all these things. We are merely on our journey home passing by on this earth. We could not even claim ownership of the very life we “have” or “our” existence. We are living on this earth on borrowed life, a life that can easily be snuffed away at anytime without warning. Only God gives and takes away everything—life included.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.—Mahatma Gandhi

I quote a paragraph from the article (http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/quote-of-the-month/quote-gandhi) I read which exactly summarized my belief. "In order to bring about positive change in the world we need not only engage with the outer world, but also engage with our inner world. If we want to see greater awareness in the world, we have to cultivate awareness. If we want to see greater harmony and less strife we need to learn to become more adept at handling our emotions and learn to respond to frustrations with more patience and kindness than we do at present." In other words, to see the world as good or bad all depends on our perspective in life. If we want to see good things, there are numerous ways to see them. Think positive. Otherwise, if you want to see bad things, there are equally numerous ways to see them.

It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.—J.R.R. Tolkien

Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.

The three quotes are similar because if you truly value and live them they will have lots of positive impact on your life. And of course, the benefits that you can derive from them are endless. One needs to experience what these quotes are about to appreciate them more.

They are in a way different because I considered the first two dealt with the spiritual aspect of life. The last one had something to do with time management. The above quotes have personal value because they truly reflect what I treasure in life and of my belief in God.

In conclusion, we can achieve joy and happiness depending on how we look at things. We can be happy anywhere we are because happiness is within ourselves. Let us fill ourselves with love. Then and only then we can give love. We cannot give what we do not have.


Environmental Preservation

"Let us first define what environmental preservation is. It is maintaining the present condition areas of the nature which are not yet touched by humans. People are fast encroaching onto the environment at such a rate that various wild landscapes are being given over to farming, industry, housing, tourism and other human developments. Consequently, we lose much of the natural areas. We must become aware of how development is eating away at open space. Wildlife is being squeezed into smaller and smaller pockets of open areas. We must strike a balance between development (and material progression) and environment preservation. By preserving environment we can make a healthy atmosphere to live in. We will have lesser problems with health conditions." ~Mr. Alfredo Ching