Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Last Lions

The dark did not end with the passing of the night. Instead, the light that normally follows the pitch-black evening, would not be seen by this young, pregnant mother until she gave birth. She recently discovered the fate of her mate, and even though her heart was grieving, she knew she had to survive. Her expert survival skills would be tested in navigating a rapidly, changing and violent world. There were unseen forces driven by exploitation that had created a date for her destiny that she was not yet aware of and would subject her every life skill and ability to their limits. Would she be prepared? Would her young survive? How would she fare on her own as a single mother? Would there be enough food to feed everyone? With enemies invading her territory, would she make the right decisions to ensure their survival?

National Geographic Movies is releasing "The Last Lions" February 18th, 2011. Jeremy Irons narrates the story of this young lioness as her life unfolds on the big screen. The cinematography is breathtaking as is the reality of the untold daily lives of the Last Lions. Unfortunately, the sad fact is that in the last 50 years, the number of wild lions has dropped from 400,000 to less than 20,000. As your heart absorbs the potential consequences for these lions, you realize you may be watching a living history that your children or grandchildren will only know as extinction.

Extinction is forever and every one who loves the Big Cats will walk away from this movie knowing every day when a lion dies, we not only lose a biology but a biography that we will never be honored in knowing. There is a fount of knowledge that these cats can share with us at this critical point in our history to not only ensure our survival but also their survival. They can teach us how to cooperate with them for competing resources in addition to making us aware of the consequences of our mindless quest for economic gain. We have the opportunity to cease betraying our relationships with these lions and as a result, the relationship structure will change.

One way the relationship will change is we will become aware of lions as well as animals in general as sentient beings. They have inherent rights that we have violated through our unawareness and in the movie, you will observe this as events set off a chain reaction that will clearly break your heart. These lions are in crisis, partly because of our activities and not knowing how to relate with them. Fear has motivated humanity as seen through finite eyes, and action taken from this perspective always results from someone benefiting at the expense of someone else, in this case, the Last Lions.

After viewing The Last Lions, I encourage you to heed the call to action and donate to saving the lions as National Geographic provides an easy way via your cell phone to become part of the solution. As you leave the theater, I would ask you to ponder in your heart the following questions to continue BEING part of the solution. First, what do you believe your role is on planet Earth at this time? Do you believe humanity should dominate or cooperate? Do you know that every living creature is a sentient being? How are your actions aligning with your beliefs? Do you recognize every living creature has a unique purpose to fulfill and are not here for humanity's pleasure, convenience or entertainment?

Finally, we are at a crossroads in which we have the opportunity to make new choices and affect the larger evolution of consciousness. Nature is suffering and the manifestations of our limited, outdated beliefs about exploitation and relationships can be seen everywhere as species are going extinct. Physical scars can be seen. The emotional scars we have created can be seen in this movie. Are we prepared as a species to acknowledge and accept our Oneness with the Last Lions? Are we ready to BE part of the solution? The decision is ours.

Check out the trailer and see it as soon as it comes to a theater near you.