Shells - Gather Your Own, and Make Sure No One Lives Inside






SHELLS



PERHAPS THE MOST GRACEFUL OF ALL ANIMAL-MADE OBJECTS IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING 
THOSE MADE BY US, SHELLS ARE MUCH MORE THAN HOUSING AND PROTECTION, MUCH MORE 
THAN MERE ARTWORK.

SHELLS DENOTE TO US THE MOST NOSTALGIC AND EXQUISITE DESIGNS WHICH ARE INHERENT 
IN THE UNIVERSE. FROM THE COSMIC SWIRLS AND SWEEPING LINEAR DORIC STYLES TO 
SOFTLY SCALLPING FANTASIES IN CONFECTIONERS- COLORS OF PASTELS, SHELLS 
HAVE EVER BEEN A SYMBOL OF THE ULTRA-FEMININE, AND OF THE COSMIC FORCES ET AL.

THEY ARE CREATED BY THE WORLD'S FIRST ARCHITECTS AND ARTISANS, THE FIRST 
DESIGNERS AND ARTISTS - SO-CALLED SIMPLE ORGANISMS CALLED MULLOSKS, WHO 
PROPEL THEMSELVES FORWARD BY SUCKING IN WATER, AND THEN BY PROPELLING IT AGAIN. 
THE SHELLS ARE THEIR HOUSES, AND THESE VERY CLEVER AND VULNERABLE ANIMALS CREATE THEM WITHOUT EYES, WITHOUT HANDS, AND WITHOUT BLUEPRINTS OF ANY KIND, SAVE PERHAPS SOMETHING WRITTEN IN THEIR OWN GENETIC CODE.

DO THEY ALTER THE SHAPES? DO THEY CHANGE AND INNOVATE THE TIME-HONORED DESIGNS?

THIS FAMILY OF ANIMALS HAS NOT YET BEEN PROPERLY APPRECIATED.

THE FACT THAT THEY CANNOT SPEAK, DO NOT WALK AMONG US, AND CANNOT PEER OUT 
AT US WITH OUR VERY OWN EYES, AS DO FISH AND OTHER SEA CREATURES, DOES NOT OFTEN 
ELEVATE THEM IN OUR OWN CONSCIOUSNESS.

THE FACT THAT THEY CANNOT WELL DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST MORE-APPENDAGED CREATURES, LIKE US, FOR EXAMPLE, DOES NOT IN ANY WAY IMPLY THAT THEY ARE UNINTELLIGENT.

IN FACT, THEY ARE QUITE INTELLIGENT LITTLE BEINGS, AND - ONCE UPON A 
TIME- WE WERE QUITE LIKE THEY.

SOME OF THE EARLIER ANCESTORS OF OUR APE FAMILY HAD DEVELOPED IN A DIFFERENT 
FASHION, AND SO, FOLLOWED DIFFERING PATHS IN OUR EVOLUTIONARY JOURNIES, BUT 
WE ARE ALL QUITE CLOSELY RELATED - ALL OF US ON OUR PLANET.

AND, OF COURSE, WE ARE ALL FEELING CREATURES, CAPABLE OF EMOTION, OF PAIN AND 
PLEASURE, AND OF FEAR. IN FACT, MOLLUSKS, ALL, YES, THOSE LITTLE NON-DESCRIPT 
ANIMALS WHO LIVE IN THE SHELLS THEY THEMSELVES BUILD, ARE ALSO QUITE INTELLIGENT.

THEIR BIG BROTHER, THE OCTOPUS, HAS AN EXTRAVAGANT INTELLIGENCE WHICH CONTINUES TO ASTOUND SCIENTISTS. FUNNY. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS TO LOOK INTO HIS EYES TO DISCERN THE SUPERIOR CONSCIOUSNESS LOOKING BACK. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO BECOME ENLIGHTENED BEINGS AND STOP THE SPECIESISM WHICH SO HANDILY CONSUMES MOST PEOPLE, AS THEY GO ABOUT THEIR DAILY PLANET-PLUNDERING, THEIR LINEAR THINKING, AND THEIR OUTRAGEOUSLY STUPID NOTION THAT WE ARE SOMEHOW "SUPERIOR" TO OTHER BEINGS ?


AND, AS ALL THE WISE HUMANS THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE AFFIRMED ALONG WITH ALL THE ORIGINATORS OF RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS AND SPIRITUALITY - THE SIGN OF CIVILIZATION IS HOW INDIVIDUALS TREAT THOSE WHO ARE WEAKNER, MORE IN NEED, AND DEFENSELESS.

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. ALL OF US, FROM THE LITTLE CLAM TO THE MIGHTY 
WHALE, WITH THE LITTLE APES, US, IN BETWEEN. WE SHARE THE PLANET. WE ALONE ARE 
CAPABLE OF SAVING IT. WE ALONE ARE CAPABLE OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL OF US, AND THE FIRST STEP IS IN LEARNING THAT WE ARE ALL ONE


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WE ARE ALL ALIKE. AND FRANKLY, A VISITING ALIEN WOULD FIND IT VERY DIFFICULT 
TO SORT ANY OF US APART, DUE TO OUR SAMENESS, REPEATED OVER AND OVER THROUGHOUT 
THE ANIMALS KINGDOM o n OUR PLANET.

WE ARE ALL BASICALLY TUBULAR CONSTRUCTIONS, WITH o nE EATING END AND o nE WASTE 
DISPOSAL END. THE MORE FANCY MODELS HAVE EYES TOO, ALONG WITH THE BREATHING 
APPARATUS, AND A FEW OTHER APPENDAGES USED FOR LOCOMOTION OR OTHER MOTIONS.

OTHER THAN THAT, OUR INSISTENCE o n LIVING IN DENIAL OF HOW SIMILAR WE ARE TO 
A MOLLUSK IS JUST INSANITY. WE ARE FAR MORE ALIKE THAN DISSIMILAR TO ALL BEINGS.

WE ALL ADAPTED AS MULTI-FACETED ORGANISMS IN RESPONSE TO OUR ENVIRONMENTS, 
ONCE LIFE WAS STARTED AND BECAME SELF-REGENERATING.

THE MAIN DRIVE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO MAKE EVERYONE AWARE OF THE PLIGHT OF THE 
SHELLFISH. WE ALL LOVE SHELLS AND THE BEAUTIFUL PATTERNS,. THE ENTRANCING SONG 
INSIDE THE CURVED o nES, AND THE SOFT COLORING.

TO GATHER SHELLS o n A BEACH AT SUNSET MUST BE o nE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL EXPERIENCES 
IN HUMAN LIFE. TO CATCH THEM IN THE TOSSING SURF, TO SAVE THEM FROM LAPPING 
WAVES, TO COLLECT THEM BAKING IN THE SUN. TO BRING THEM INLAND AND TO PLACE 
THEM IN TREASURE TROVES, AT ONE'S BEDSIDE TABLE, ON A DRESSER, ON THE 
COUNTER IN A BATHROOM. TO SAVOR THE MEMORY OF OUR FORMER HOME, THE SEA, WE PLACE 
SHELLS AROUND US AND WEAR THEM AS ADORNMENTS.

THIS IS A SOULFUL THING TO DO - GATHERING YOUR OWN SHELLS AT THE BEACH. 
SAVING THEM FROM BEING LOST FOREVER, POUNDED INTO ANOTHER HANDFUL OF SAND. EVEN 
THE IMPERFECT, THE BROKEN ONES, ARE PRECIOUS. 

SEE THE LOVELY COLLAGED FRAME WE MADE FROM THE BROKEN SHELLS WE COLLECTED AT OUR LAST TRIP TO THE BEACH IN THE PHOTO ABOVE  !
BELOW ARE SOME OTHER EXAMPLES OF LOVELY WAYS TO COLLAGE THEM AND TO MAKE EVEN LITTLE BROKEN PARTS OF SHELLS COMBINE INTO GORGEOUS ARRANGEMENTS AND ARTWORKS.

THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE GATHERED THEM YOURSELF GIVES SUCH A PERSONAL MEANING, 
AND BRINGS BACK BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES OF YOUR OWN TIME AT THE BEACH.

KNOWING HOW THE STORES WHICH SELL THOSE LARGE PACKS OF LITTLE SHELLS HAVE ACQUIRED THEM WILL MAKE US- LIKE US- AVOID BUYING THEM AND BOYCOTT THOSE STORES- THOSE SHELLS WERE STOLEN FROM THE DEPTHS BY TRAWLING NETS, HAULED ONTO DECKS OF SHIPS 
AND BOILED ALIVE! YES, THOSE HELPLESS LITTLE CREATURES LIVING INSIDE THE SHELLS, 
MOST OF THEM BABIES, WERE CRUELLY KILLED MERELY TO OBTAIN THE SHELLS THEY LIVED IN !. ALSO, STAYING AWAY FROM THE JEWELRY ITEMS MADE OF COMMERCIALLY-OBTAINED SHELLS WILL HELP THEM AND THE FISH IN OUR OCEANS, AND HELP ALL OFUS, FOR WE ARE ALL CONNECTED. WHAT HURTS THE CREATUES OF THE SEAS ALSO HURTS EVERYONE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THESE LITTLE SHELLS WHEN YOU ARE SHOPPING, AND TELL THE MANAGER AT THE STORES WHERE THEY ARE OFFERED FOR SALE THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE TO SHOP AT STORES HANDLING SUCH CRUELTY-BASED ITEMS.

AND THEN, THE NEXT TIME YOU'RE AT THE BEACH, HOLD A SHELL UP TO YOUR EAR 
AND LISTEN- YOU'LL HEAR THE SWEET VOICE OF THE SEA THANKING YOU FOR YOUR 
KINDNESS..

THEN, SAY, "HE OR SHE SAVES SEA SHELLS BY THE SEASHORE !"

AND - OF COURSE - THE FOUL PRACTICE OF EATING SHELLFISH IS CRUEL BEYOND MEASURE TO THE HELPLESS BEINGS INSIDE, AND TO HUMAN BODIES. 

SO UNHEALTHY IS THE EATING OF SHELLFISH, SO FULL OF BACTERIA AND VIRUSUS,  LIKE SEVERAL OF THE HEPATITIS STRAINS, THAT HEALTH ALERTS ARE REGULARLY ISSUED AGAINST HAVING ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEM.

OUR WORLD IS FAR TOO POLLUTED FOR SUCH BARBARIC THINGS NOW - THANKFULLY.

AND - IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT.-
 YOU ARE A SMALL, SOFT PERSON, AND YOU LIVE IN A FAMILY GROUP. YOUR OWN HOUSE IS ATTACHED TO A STRONG PLACE LIKE THE LOGS OF A PIER. YOU LOVE THE OCEAN TIDES - THEY WASH FOOD RIGHT INTO YOUR AREA SO IT'S NICE FOR YOU. YOU'RE HAPPY AS A CLAM - IN FACT, YOU ARE ONE !
CUTE AND INTELLIGENT, YOU LOVE LIFE AND LOVE TO FEEL THE RHYTHMS OF ALL THE SEA ROUND YOU AND TO FEEL THE WARMTH OF THE SUN AS IT RAYS THROUGH THE SHALLOW WATER ONTO YOUR HOUSE.

THEN ONE DAY, WHEN YOU'RE JUST ABOUT GROWN - YOU'RE A LIVELY AND HEALTHY TEENAGER NOW - A MEAN MAN COMES ALONG AND - WITH A KNIFE ! - SCRAPES YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE OFF OF ITS' FOUNDATION ! 
YOU CAN'T SCREAM, SO THAT THE MAN CAN HEAR YOU - YOU KNOW THAT IF HE COULD, YOU JUST KNOW - WELL, YOU CAN'T BELIEVE 
ANYONE WOULD BE SO CRUEL ! YOU HOPE TO GET HIS ATTENTION SOMEHOW, AND YOU TRY TO CLOSE YOUR SHELL ABRUPTLY TO SQUIRT WATER OUT o nTO HIS HAND.
HE DOESN'T RESPOND!
OH, HELP!
 SOMEONE !!!
AND THEN HE THROWS YOU, HOUSE AND ALL, INTO A BASKET.
YOU'RE SO SAD, SO SCARED, SO COLD AND UNCOMFORTABLE, YOU JUST WILT.
HOW COULD SOMETHING SO BAD HAPPEN IN THE WORLD?
YOU KNOW YOU'RE SWEET AND KIND AND INNOCENT.
AND SO HELPLESS.
CAN'T SEE - DON'T HAVE ARMS AND LEGS TO DEFEND YOURSELF WITH, OR IN ORDER TO GET AWAY.
YOUR SAFE SEA IS GONE. 
YOU FEEL DRY AND SO MISERABLE !
AND THEN - WORSE !
SOMEONE PICKS YOU UP AND EVEN THOUGH YOU'VE CLOSED YOURSELF UP AS TIGHTLY AS POSSIBLE, LIKE A TURTLE, TO TRY TO STAY AS MOIST AND SAFE AS YOU CAN, ANOTHER MEAN MAN CUTS INTO YOUR FLESH AND PRYS YOU OPEN AND THEN CUTS YOU OUT OF YOUR SHELL !!!

SO HORRIBLE. SO SAD. SO TRAGIC. AND SO EVIL.

STAY AWAY FROM RESTAURANTS THAT SERVE SHELLFISH.
ASK THEM NOT TO CARRY THEM.

AND REMEMBER - THE WAITER AT THAT RESTAURANT IF THEY CARRY SHELLFISH AND OTHER SWEET PEOPLE LIKE LOBSTERS AND CRABS AND SQUIDS, AND THE KITCHEN WORKERS, HAVE TONS OF DEADLY BACTERIA ON THEIR HANDS AND ALL OVER THEIR COUNTERS FROM BEING CRUEL TO THESE SWEET WATER BEINGS.

THEIR GRUESOME DEATHS CAN ALSO BRING ONE TO YOU, EVEN IF YOU DON'T ORDER THEM AS FOOD.

SAVE SHELLS. SAVE SHELLFISH. SAVE YOURSELF.

VEGANIZE.  COMPASSIONIZEHEALTHIZE.

SEE 
VEGANIZE FOR BETTER WAYS TO EAT.             

SEE ECOIZE FOR BETTER WAYS TO LIVE AND TO SHOW YOUR LOVE OF ALL THE WORLD AND EVERY LIVING PERSON ON IT, WHETHER OF THE SHELL FAMILIES OR OF YOUR OWN PRIMATE FAMILY.
BE PROUD TO BE AN ANIMAL !



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