When we think of privilegein our society, celebrities rest pretty close to the top of the list in most ofour minds. We usually hear plenty about celebrities gallivanting carelessly,spending a ton of money, abusing substances, flitting between social eventswith some arm candy and designer wear and often breaking and evading thelaw. Then there are plenty of occasions wherecelebrities make a big show of the charity work they are doing and while it maybe done in good intent, it nonetheless bolsters their public image. This is why it was so unusual to hear of whatactor Bill Murray did at the end of a Grateful Dead concert recently.
The Grateful dead hasbeen performing a string of very high profile shows in celebration of theirextremely long-spanning musical career. Their massive fan base, includingplenty of celebrities, have been attending these shows. As would be expected, at the end of the show atChicago’s Soldier Field every one of the more than 70,000 attendees began toempty the stadium and trash of all kinds was littered about. Bill Murray decided to stay behind and tohelp clean up the litter, without being asked, before he retired back to hishome as the rest of the fans did without a second thought.
It was reported thatMurray was the last fan standing and that he helped cleanup crews remove thetrash until there was nothing left! Quite amazing behavior for any citizen, butespecially a high profile famous person who is surely accustomed to being ableto be waited on.
What really stands outis not simply that the person who took ownership and did this was a celebrity, thoughthat is surprising, but is the realization that we all must take ownership forthe footprint we leave. It’s so easy tothrow something ‘away’ from you, but there really is no such thing as ‘away’ ifyou think about it. Both from ametaphysical quantum sense, and from a physical earth inhabitant sense, thereis no away. Trash is created and when we put it out of our own sight, it doesnot simply disappear. Someone has todeal with it, and then the earth has to deal with it. I appreciate Bill Murray for sparking thepower we all have to help bring our conscious awareness to the waste we create.