(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
I was so happy Weds. morning. Going about my life. See, I’ve been on a big “clean out the house” binge — boy does that feel good! A “get organized” binge — trust me it was needed after years of not, and BOY does that feel GOOD. A “get rid of it if you don’t need it, watch out I’m dropping bags of stuff I think you need off on your front porch under cover of darkness” binge. OK, I”m actually calling people or emailing them to see if they really want the stuff.
Taken stuff to the Kid’s Consignment Shop. Goodwill. I mean, the computer monitor that was stuffed in the corner 5 YEARS ago to take… somewhere… Well, WA State changed laws, and now you can drop them off at any Goodwill, and there’s one about 12 blocks from my house! That happened 2 years ago, I’m all set, eh? Well the monitor is now in trunk of car, and all I have to do is remember it when I’m near the Goodwill!
OK OK, I got out the right tool and made a note to myself to remember. (Speedy forgetful, or “Quick Smart” people take note: that tool is a business card as small enuf to fit in pocket, make notes on the back throughout the day as to where you need to go, keep in pocket when you go out, consult and follow the directions. No charge.)
I mean, you know? I’m on a fantastic roll here. But from zipping around the house got a bit tired, so sat down, opened computer, to learn and rest at same time. “Hmmmmm, I’ll try CommonDreams, see what they have for news today.”
(Headline below the fold.)
Earth’s Life Support Systems Failing
Oh. OK, then. Well.
That does put a damper on the day, doesn’t it? I mean, I’m retraining for a new career, to help wierd-ish children, mostly, wouldn’t that be wonderful, but it’s expensive, time-consuming, and hard work.
Life Support Systems failing, hmmm, doesn’t sound like that retraining will pay off for long, does it? How about the house-cleaning? Nope. How about the gardening? Yes, maybe I should be working working to make it bigger so I can survive if the Safeway trucks stop rolling… But what about my life? What about making the house payments if I garden all day? I have to have a career of some sort….
Life Support Systems Failing. The Earth’s systems, that is.
And nobody seems to be paying the least attention. Oh, maybe you and you are, but what about the PTB? It’s as though we’re on the Titanic, and the band’s playing louder. On a raft heading towards Niagara Falls, and the world’s leaders are singing louder, to drown out the noise of the falls — and doing NOTHING to organize people rowing towards the shore upstream of the falls.
Oh, a pittance here, a pittance there.
Every time I go through this, I conclude (here’s the hope tag): If it’s to be, it’s up to me. Tho I usually don’t think anything so smarmy and cutesy-sounding.
I think: I’ve gotta do the solar panels and garden and set up the clothesline… and convince others to do likewise, if there’s any way I can. And the efforts
This is the ONE arena where I truly thought Obama and team would hit the ground running. Green energy. What a chump I was.
But leaving that aside, what about you? How do you deal with this stuff? What are you doing on your own? Do you have friends and neighbors who’re conscious of all this? Are you working together with anyone?
Or still like the leaders, thinking you might and you oughta, but nothin’ goin’ on yet?
[Subject of essay changed via edit]