The Last of The Kind

Sudan, the last Northern white male rhino has died.

Today kindness lost. Today we lost the last Northern white male rhino, Sudan. The very last Northern white male rhino on earth.

Greed (n) : a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed. Motivated by naked ambition and greed.

You can read that definition over and over again, but today, the world cries because that definition became so finite and tangible that an entire species is facing the same fate as the black rhinos that went extinct 7 years ago. There are only 2 female Nothern white rhino left in the world, and if you understand conception in mammals, then you very much understand what this means.

It’s as though we, human beings, have somehow tricked ourselves into believing that selfishness, greed, taking whatever we want without considering consequences, and complete disregard to life, are traits that equate to power. How can we not see that we are, not only destroying other species, we are destroying ourselves. And just like the canaries in the coal mines, these species are letting us know that we are in danger, but we are too consumed with false power to listen. We are dumbing our compassion, our sensitivity, our understanding. We are becoming less and less human. And even though it may seem to some like those are qualities for the weak — they are, in fact, the qualities that will ultimately save us.

But, there is good in the world. There are people who see more than just themselves and their immediate family. There are people who give without reservation, who love without withholding, who feel without suppressing… and they hold power within themselves in a way that the people looking for power outside of themselves, could never understand.

A little bit about Sudan. He was 45 years old. He lived in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Last year he was voted Tinder’s most eligible bachelor (which I’m sure many women would still agree with this year). He was described as a “gentle giant” by workers at the conservancy. 24 hours a day he was surrounded by armed guards to protect him from poachers — poachers who knew that he was the last living white male rhino of his species and who would still hunt him. Not only was he under the constant supervision of armed guards but he was fitted with radio transmitters for extra protection. So sad that this was even necessary.

Compassion (n): a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

Compassion. The opposite of greed.

Sudan, I am sorry for our superstitions, for our lack of empathy, for our corruption and, most of all, for our greed, that took not only your life, but the life and uniqueness that your species breathed onto this planet for millions of years.

Love, love, love that transmutes life, death, greed and everything in the black and white spaces in between.

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