It was pointed out to me on my Facebook page that a photo of a polar bear cub that I had shared in one of my moments of wanting to uplift people with some cuteness, in fact, was not real and was a stuffed animal. Mixed emotions resulted in the follow progression...
1. Can't you just accept this as being cute and making people smile and feel better? grrr!
2. How could I have fallen into that trap? I'm usually pretty good about not getting caught by fake stuff like this!
3. Is being made feel better by something that's not authentic in what it represents really helping us?
What bothers me is that I shared it not knowing what it truly was. If I'd have shared it as being a cute stuffed representation of a polar bear to make people smile, I would feel ok with it. But as such I didn't and it makes me feel inauthentic, particularly as I'm aware of the issues surrounding the polar bears and their survival.
My feeling also is that if there is something that is authentic in it's representation of something exquisite such as a baby polar bear in nature, then the vibration will be equally authentic and long-lasting and even higher that something that is fake. So I've selected to show you some "real" images of baby polar bears in the wild, where they truly belong.
In the search for these true life images I also found some shocking images of starving polar bears and polar bears with their babies in zoos. It's a double edged sword for me, because I understand that this is the way that people are educated about animals but it's appalling the conditions that they are kept in. It's the reason I rarely go to zoos. Imagine a great polar bear used to wandering the ice and great snowy plains, fishing and diving for food and going through it's normal cycle of hibernation.... now what do you think of the ones held in the zoos? I won't show these images here, but leave it up to you if it's something you want to learn more about.