Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A reason to put down your phone

By now, I'm sure you must have heard about the terrible shooting and killing of Cecil, the famous 13-year-old lion who lived in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Stories like this really upset me, and I wasn't planning on blogging about it at all until I read an article on this morning. No, it wasn't one of the numerous pieces baying for Walter Palmer's blood (he's the cretin responsible for Cecil's death and has photographs splashed across the net of him posing with other lifeless 'trophies'), but something seemingly less serious entitled "Would you save your smartphone before your cat?".

According to a seven-country survey of more than 7 000 people, 54% said that in the event of a fire, they would save their phone instead of their cat. (Research was conducted among participants from the US, Britain, Brazil, China, Spain, Mexico and India.) Fair enough, this doesn't reflect what we as South Africans may do in such an emergency, but the fact that over half of the people interviewed admitted that they would choose an electronic device over a living thing is a majorly worrying one.

Maybe if our society stopped paying so much attention to their phones (a large amount of which are plastered with diamanté Hello Kitty logos - go figure) and more attention to their natural surroundings and the beauty that is all around us, we would have less tragic killings, cases of animal abuse and general bad behaviour. Because who, in their right mind, would choose this

over this?

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