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Goooood Morning SuperForest!
According to SuperForest’s analytics page, which keeps track of our statistics, roughly half of the folks who visits SuperForest every day are here for the first time.
So if you’re just getting here and thinking, “why all these dolphins?” Allow me to explain…
A few weeks back I went to see a movie called The Cove, which on the surface is about dolphin fishing in Japan.
For me, the film was more about how extraordinarily creative and willing to work together humans can be when they feel inspired and feel like what they are doing is right. When people get together to address an injustice, the limits of their strength seems boundless.
I was incredibly inspired by the actions of Ric O’Barry, a former dolphin trainer who has now spent 30 years trying to free captive dolphins.
Because of his pro-dolphin work, Ric has been banned from attending International Whaling Commission meetings. So the movie is about Ric and his team working to get video evidence of the hunting. After struggling mightily, they finally obtains this footage, and Ric straps a video monitor to his chest, crashes the IWC conference and works his way to the front of the room where he stands front and center, so that everyone can see what exactly is happening.
It is an incredibly powerful moment. The idea that all it takes to change the world is the focused actions of a handful of individuals has never been so clear to me.
And so I thought to myself: What can I do to add my energy to this cause? What actions can I take?
The goals and rules I set for myself were these:
It had to be fun.
It had to spread awareness.
It had to be a win for all parties involved, most importantly the IWC and the fishermen in Taiji.
I thought: “Well, dolphins are awesome. That’s a pretty easy sell.”
So, I started Dolphins Are Awesome! the site. Dolphins Are Awesome! is a free forum, open to all, for people to enthuse about dolphins, meet up and trade dolphins stories (or just meet up,) put up photos, and most especially put up videos and songs.
Songs are an important part of this plan because we’re also putting together the Dolphin Song, which is a collaborative, multi-part song about dolphins, and how awesome they are.
I’m asking any musician who feels inspired by messages of pro-dolphin positivity, to record some verses and add them to the site. We’ll stich the verses together with some magical cross-fade wizardry, and the song will begin snowballing. I’ve laid down some fresh beats, as has MC Smart Marc, and more songs and verses are heading in as we speak.
It is by snowballing positivity and awareness that we can succeed in every endeavor we undertake.
In the end, I want us all to create the world’s longest and happiest song about dolphins. I’d love nothing more than to have hundreds of thousands of people, grannies and babies, boys and girls, all singing together a message of hope and positivity about dolphins.
That is how I’ve chosen to protest the killing of dolphins in Taiji, with songs and laughter and community. The SuperForest way is positive encouragement only.
I never want to pick a fight, start an argument, or rile a feather again. I’ve done more than enough fighting, arguing, and feather-riling in my life. I just want to show everyone how we can sing and dance together and change the world while we’re doing it. The internet and our blogs allow our good deeds and intentions to leave a residue that stays behind and continues the work. By doing and sharing the good things we do, we inspire further good deeds. The internet is our happy playground of positivity.
SuperForester Aaron and I are in the process of planning the trip to Taiji in the last week of September, and there hopefully to connect with Ric O’Barry and teach him some dance steps and a rap verse or two. Nothing would make me happier than schoolchildren in Japan and America video-conferencing to sing and laugh together, as Ric danced among them. I want to rap my dolphin song with Ric, Jordan, and a class of school children on the beach at Taiji. And I want to shoot lots of footage and share it with you.
To make it so that every fisherman in Taiji has a catchy song in their heads about how great dolphins are, the human lives they’ve saved, and how as fishermen they are brave and good for protecting them, is my goal. I cannot condemn, or try to throw rules and petitions at anyone, but I can wage an entirely hilarious psy-ops campaign based solely on positivity and creating a win/win situation for everyone.
Positivity makes it so that I can “protest” and never feel drained. I get tired, but the work feeds me.
I don’t fight, I party for Peace.
An argument can only happen when both parties decide to argue. If one party wants to quarrel and the other just want to get to know you, make friends with you, share your stories, it makes it tough to fight. No fighting. No harsh words. No fear. Only excellence and creativity.
That way, everyone gets to play.
So the dolphins are going to be around for a while. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Wanna party with us? Join Dolphins Are Awesome! Write a Dolphin Song!
Love to All,