This week during the drive to work, I sipped organic jasmine green tea from a travel cup, and it was SO good. On a very cold morning, that warm beverage was what I needed. I felt thankful.
Whom do I thank for this warm tea? Well, Deity might be my first choice, because that covers everyone/everything involved. But if you get specific, there are thousands, probably millions of people/entities who had a part in me drinking tea from that cup.
There is everything involved with the tea itself: people who cleared the land to plant the tea, who made the tools to clear the land, who provided the raw materials to make the tools, who provided the power sources used to make the tools, who transported the tools to the site, who provided the food for the people who cleared the land, who provided shelter for the workers, and on and on and we haven’t even gotten to the part about planting the tea. 🙂
I imagine you see where I am going with this. Add in all the people to grow and process the tea, and the various devas and nature entities involved with weather, soil, growth, et cetera. The people/entities involved with shipping (and everything that made shipping possible, such as fuel production), and packaging, and marketing, and storage, et cetera. A VAST web involved in just the tea itself! Now add in my ability to heat water in a tea kettle (several vast webs there), and the vast web behind my travel mug.
What it comes down to is people and entities from probably every continent on Earth (except perhaps Antarctica?), AND the involvement of the Universe (the Sun, creation of the Earth and Moon, et cetera), had a part in me drinking that cup of tea.
We are all part of a vast web of life, folks. Which is why health care matters. Why water rights in other countries matter. Why human rights and animal rights matter. Why global warming matters. Why debt in Greece matters and AIDS work in Africa matters. We are all connected. Even if you don’t care from a humanitarian point of view, you ought to care from a selfish point of view. Once upon a time people grew their own food, produced their own items to survive; for 99.99999% of the planet that is not the way it works anymore. If you don’t want it to go back to that (could you survive — really?), you better start caring about more than just you and yours.
Thank you, Everyone, for my cup of tea. 🙂