By: Benjamin Salinas
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.
And I’m asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs”--
he was very upset as he shouted and puffed--
“What’s that THING you’ve made out of my Truffula tuft?”
Many times in the past 3 years, I have felt like the Lorax, having to ask the strange Once-ler what he has made out of “MY” Truffula tuft.
And I started to think about it, and reread the story, and I realized how well the story of this strange little man fits into many of our lives. I present the following coincidences for your consideration.
the whole Once-ler Family was working full tilt”
They’ll have to find food. And I hope that they may".
"Good luck, boys,” he cried. And he sent them away.
to escape from the smog you’ve smogged-up around here.
There has definitely been smog, smogged up around here."
as he lifted himself by the seat of his pants.
And I’ll never forget the grim look on his face
when he heisted himself and took leave of this place,
through a hole in the smog, without leaving a trace.”
As the story ends, we learn how the Once-ler has undergone a huge change in ideals. He now speaks of the word “UNLESS.”
Dr. Seuess is describing a seemingly made up world in this book, but it is one very close to home for many of us.
We have seen our trees chopped down and as for our Brown Bar-ba-loots, ones that we have sworn to protect and lived with for years, we’ve seen them sent away. We’ve seen the smoggiest of smog and the gluppiest of glupps send others away. We’ve seen the entire story of the Lorax, unfold before our very eyes.
It is safe to say that one day the Once-ler and his family will realize what they have done and regret it. The question is when? And, more importantly, how much damage will have been done? Will it be possible, as the Once-ler suggests, to plant these seeds of our faith?
Will they regrow what we have lost?
I don’t know...
In the mean time, however, I will leave you with some words by another very wise man, Eric Clapton.
Before I finally go insane.
Oh, it should also be noted that in the entire book, we never once see the Once-ler’s face.
Tune in next week for an analysis of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"”.
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