Maybe you’ve seen it? Maybe you’ve read the book? Maybe Horton Hears a Who is just the thing to spark a much needed social debate.
I’ve read this book to my kids zillions of times, and I mean ZILLIONS! They love it, and for some reason I never seem to get sick of it either. Dr. Seuss has always been a long time favorite of mine, and while mostly zany, I think this time we are on to something pretty big.
As a child, I had an invincible belief that all is good in the world. Me sheltered? Not a chance! I played video games, watched horror movies, and grew up in a semi-dysfunctional family, but you know what? I still believed that every thing I did would make a difference in the outcome of humanity.
During my formative years, I was a vegetarian . I spoke out to my peers about drinking and driving. I developed my social and political views on abortion and the welfare system. My ideals on social issues were forming and they all came down to this, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
We all have the ability to make choices. We all have the ability to be active in our convictions. We all have the ability to speak out for what we believe in.
Does your life matter? Without a doubt!
It’s been a while since I was able to derive a deeper message from another mindless childhood media production. In a world with increasingly limited human contact outside of our sphere of influence, it’s very easy to look past our individual footprints in this world. It’s hard to imagine the long term effects of my existence will have on the world.
I hope my impact in the world will be followed by a chain-reaction of good things. I hope that the things I think, say, and most importantly, do, will leave a footprint on the hearts of those that I meet.
Seeing Horton Hears A Who won’t change your life, it won’t turn your children into scholars, and it won’t bring about world peace. But it just might make you think!