“We will protect what we fall in love with.”
— Louie Schwartzberg
Recently, I was introduced to the breath-taking documentary films of Louie Schwartzberg. Those that I have seen thus far are full of macro-cinematographic expressions of the pageantry that is the natural world. For example, in highlighting the Pollinators, we are immersed a the colorful and often alien world of flowers, insects, hummingbirds, and bats. It persuasively urges us not to take these creatures for granted; consider their effect on our food system alone.
Every character is compelling (the baby bat clutching mama during a midnight pollen run is particularly enchanting). The set is gorgeous. These films are masterpieces.
During the set up to one of these films, Schwartzberg shares the idea quoted above: that we protect what we fall in love with. It was one of those moments when I realized that I finally had words for a ill-defined concept, well-known to have been bouncing around my brain for several years. Obviously, this works within the context that the filmaker suggests; when you see mother nature in such a powerful way and you fall in love with her, you will work creatively and tirelessly to protect her.
This has been my journey as of late.
I’ve been courting several new love interests; some have been courting me. Like Schwartzberg, I’ll fallen in love with Mrs. Nature and I want to work to protect her. I want to do what I can to preserve her and treat her with the respect she deserves.
The beauty of this concept, though, is that it is universal and transitive. There are families with whom I have fallen in love. They have so little. They are struggling against a systemically-oppressive society. And I want nothing more than to protect them, to keep them safe. It’s heart-rending to have others not see them as I see them.
Then there are ideas for which I have a special place in my heart. I believe that love trumps gender and the law. I know and love couples for which this is the case. Their rights ought to be protected and their dignity upheld.
We protect the things that we love. We protect the things that are beautiful and compelling and irresistible to us.
What are you protecting?