I just finished watching the movie “The Lorax” with my son. The movie is based off of a Dr. Seuss book. It is about a young man who searches out a dream to be something special and change the world with his idea. When he stumbles on the perfect material that grows on trees he chops one down to harvest the material and make his product. When this happens the “guardian of the trees” comes from above and challenges him. The young man and the “guardian” come to an agreement that he can use the trees as long as he doesn’t kill any more of them. After some bad advice and a booming business, greed pokes its ugly little head out and he begins to chop down all of the trees. Eventually the trees are all gone and the man realizes what he has done. Fast forward a few years and the city is now run by a greedy man (not the same one) who is selling fresh air in a bottle and has created this city that is deceived to believe that their town is perfect and nothing really exists outside of the town, and that trees are bad and non existent.
A young boy eventually believes in the trees again after his time spent with the man who cut them down. He takes the last seed and fights to plant this tree in the middle of town and turn the rest of the city on to the beauty and importance of these trees.
I have seen the movie before, but this time was different. This time my emotions welled up inside and I literally had to fight back some tears. See in this movie there was a lot of people who cared about a lot of things. The man who ran the city cared a lot about money. People cared about family, friends, jobs, security, and the lifestyles they had in this city; they just didn’t care a whole lot about trees anymore. They didn’t care that someone was deceiving them and that they were paying for something that comes free. The people of the city didn’t care about changing and fighting against the oppression.
One boy, who heard what had happened began to care so much that he embarked on a great mission. He cared enough to fight the oppression and share the truth. This young boy knew that something had to change, he knew that unless people saw what was going on things were just going to get worse. He knew what he had to do; he had to plant the seed, because if he planted the seed, the people would believe and the city would be changed.
Look around your city. Is it possible that people are walking around deceived? Maybe people think that things are perfect and that nothing is missing, in fact, I can guarantee this is the reality of our cities. How do we change it? First we have to care enough to stand up against the oppressor, then we have to plant the seed. This isn’t going to happen by inviting people to come and look at the seed and talk about how things should be different. It will only happen by planting that seed and showing them the changes that come with it. We have to care enough to break down the concrete built by one who runs this city and plant the seeds where there are no trees.