Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: Thoughts and Questions

by Jacob Juncker

The Lorax is a cautionary tale that features a young boy visiting a mysterious recluse called The Once-ler, who tells the boy his woeful story of entrepreneurship, greed, and environmental waste. He once discovered a magnificent resource in Truffulas (fluffy, cottony palm trees) that led to his invention and production of multi-purpose garments called Thneeds. Enter The Lorax, a mysterious, fuzzy, mustached lump who sprouts from the first tree stump. He speaks for the trees and warns The Once-ler to stop exhausting the supply of Truffulas before it’s too late. Given The Once-ler’s later status and the barren landscape of his home, it’s obvious he didn’t listen.[1]

In the beginning, God created all things.  God created the sun, the moon, the stars and the sky.  God created the land and all the plants and all the animals.  God created everything.  God created you.  And, “God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good” (Genesis 1:31, Common English Bible).

Do you believe all that God created is good?  Even spiders and snakes?  Do you believe that people were created good?

After God created all things, God blessed the people and said to them (Genesis 1:28-30, CEB),

fill the earth and master it. Take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and everything crawling on the ground.” Then God said, “I now give to you all the plants on the earth that yield seeds and all the trees whose fruit produces its seeds within it. These will be your food. To all wildlife, to all the birds of the sky, and to everything crawling on the ground—to everything that breathes—I give all the green grasses for food.” And that’s what happened.

God told the people to take care of (master) the earth.  And, they did it…for a little while.  Eventually, the people neglected their responsibility to care for the earth.  The people (we) abused and misused God’s good creation.  But, it is not too late!

In Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, it is the Lorax who reminds the people of their responsibility to care for the earth.  He warns them of the consequences of abusing the environment.  The Once-ler does not listen.  Will you?

Who or what is reminding you to care for the earth?  Who or what is warning you of the consequences of abusing the environment?

What will you do to care for the earth and the environment?

[1] “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: A likeable but unremarkable adaptation of the environmentally themed children’s story.” By Russ Breimeier at ChristianityToday.com <http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/marchweb-only/drseusslorax.html > Accessed September 21,2012.