Venting

I’m in a good mood. I have energy today (Feb. 8/12 when I wrote this), which isn’t always the case lately. Had a good sleep last night, & have been managing to achieve more in the past 24 hours than usual, lately. The sun is shining, I’m out for a walk, & provided I lay off Facebook & avoid hearing all the awful news about the nuclear world (disasters current & possibly upcoming, nuclear waste & its ubiquitousness, disasters-in-the-making, leaky & falling-apart U.S. reactor stories), I can stay on a semi-even keel.

But as I said in a recent bumper sticker posting, Pollyanna appears to have left the building (as it were). I’m still very good at joy, friendliness & living in the moment.

But I feel I have to rant a bit about a few things that are really bugging me.

As in:

  • Our air is wildly, vastly polluted & becoming more so by the minute. This has serious health consequences & leads to early death for thousands of people every year!
  • All of the planet’s bodies of water are filled with toxins of a bewildering variety of petrochemical/chemical & radioactive origin & the nuclear industry (that is a vital part of the military-industrial complex that really runs the planet) will not be happy until they have dumped even MORE poisons into every molecule of water & soil on the planet (the chemical/petrochemical industries are really no different).
  • The crops we grow (& any animals we raise) for the food we eat must of course be grown/raised in soils now toxic with lead, chemicals & radioactive contamination. Even organic food (which I have long supported & will continue to pay extra for as an investment in my health) grows in soils heavily barraged with the aforementioned toxins.
  • Climate change threatens EVERYTHING.
  • AND, the rich get richer (& more powerful) & the poor get poorer (& the middle-class shrinks & mostly remains apathetic, silent & inactive in the face of ALL these things).
  • AND economic & environmental collapses of all kinds are ever-more inevitable & racing toward us all with wicked fangs bared,
  • AND most of us have conspired to allow the Pied Piper to put us to sleep, apparently,
  • AND, Arrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh

I am SO annoyed (disgusted??) with the human race (& I know quite well that what we focus on expands, so I promise not to stay in this mood for long).

Some of my friends either admire me for the work I do (& have been doing for going on 23 years now) or think I’m a kook (bless them for never saying so to my face). Admittedly, I’m somewhat inclined to view some of the people I encounter routinely as having rather kooky ideas of how things work on Planet Earth, & what’s in store for us.

It’s 2012, people!!

I don’t think the world is going to suddenly “end” on December 21, 2012.

do think, though, that there are things we need to kill off in ourselves & this rapacious, suicidal culture we call home.

Excess, for one thing.

Excessive…

  • Apathy
  • Attachment to our personal comforts
  • Bowing to corporations & their greed & rapacious, heedless, destructive, Earth-destroying agenda
  • Complacency
  • Entitlement(s)
  • Expectations
  • Fiddling while Rome burns
  • Fossil fuel extraction
  • Greed
  • Hoarding
  • Hypocrisy
  • Materialism
  • Me-me-me-me-me disease
  • Pollution
  • Privilege(s)
  • Selfishness & self-absorption
  • Separation
  • Waste...of ALL kinds. Resources. People. Potential.

Okay. Gotta run.

(Glad I got that off my chest.)

I’ve got more to say. I’m cooking up a blog posting to be called ‘Comfort, Sin & Separation.’

Coming soon to a (janet’s) planet near you.

Janet

Quote of the daywith this post: “I know what the greatest cure is: it is to give up, to relinquish, to surrender, so that our little hearts may beat in unison with the great heart of the world.” – Henry Miller

2 runners-up: “If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don’t really stand for them.” – Paul Wellstone

“Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.” – Paul Wellstone