<drafted Jan. 2014>
(Using the term somewhat loosely.)
So are you!
My/our genes/genetic make-up have been/are being modified by
- Air pollution
- Chemicals of a dizzying # & variety; enough to make your head spin….
- Dioxin exposure
- Electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices/cell phones
- Excessive UVB radiation due to ozone layer depletion
- Farm chemicals in air, water sources, soils
- Lawn chemicals
- Lead exposure
- Pesticides in our food
- Radioactive fallout from bombs/weapons testing (this goes back decades)
- Radioactive fallout from nuclear accidents (ever-ongoing)
- “Routine” radioactive emissions from nuclear plants (constant)
- Other stuff I am forgetting right now…
(all of these things man-made, btw, in case you hadn’t noticed.)
But you knew that.
Now me, I did not know all this when I launched into motherhood. I was as ignorant of all these environmental threats/toxins as the day, as they say, is long. I was positively starry-eyed in those long-ago days. Heck, I still believed in fairy tales!
“Happily ever after” & all that jazz.
Since my children (long since no longer children) were young, I’ve been learning about the various & assorted, myriad ways in which our immune systems are attacked & become compromised by exposure to all these awful (invariably invisible) substances.
Nasty! 🙁 Ugh! Let me count the ways.
I ask you: Did any of us ask for, desire, expect or consent to ANY of this?
Emphatically, emphatically not.
Not not not not not. 🙁 🙁 🙁
So now what??
Well. Here we are, all of us, living together in something of a toxic soup, now … hmmm? It’s sort of crummy or churlish of me to point this out – especially as we surely all know it anyway, on some level, at least, & are perhaps just doing our best in a vague & pathetic sort of way to pretend we don’t. Just all of us kind of treading water … as it were?
Yet I am a stubborn truth-teller, & do think it’s pretty much impossible to lead a sane & balanced life if we are all the time going around telling ourselves whoppers from one end of the day to the other.
(Granted I am an oddball; not much of a consumer or shopper, & a stubborn non-TV-owner/watcher. I am not a big fan of what loosely passes for culture these days, I guess it would be safe to say.)
Yet I am also a cheerful & often joyful person in the face of all this. Because I walk daily, smile at strangers (especially children & dogs 🙂 ), practice gratitude daily (or, well, at least often!!), see folks I care about as often as possible, laugh whenever possible, do work that has great meaning for me (environmental activism), sing sometimes (should do so more!) & choose to eat organic (as opposed to non-organic) food whenever possible.
So, while I may be a genetically-modified organism, & my immune system (like that of the planet’s) is daily more & more compromised, I’m doing my best not to add unnecessarily to the load of toxins in my body.
It seems all too likely we are going down as a species (likely quite a bit sooner than we may think), as I allude to often enough in postings on this blog (check this posting for a whole list that includes postings, graphics, quotations), but…
We still have now!
This body of water.
These loved ones.
This moment of laughter.
This plate of nourishing food.
We’re ALL GMOs.
Let’s have a party! 🙂 🙂 🙂
… & be as decent as possible to each other, & the planet, as we can manage, while we are still here.
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Others that seem relevant:
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
* many more great quotations about truth here
& tons of great quotations of all kinds in the ‘Quotation Central!’ section)
“The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening.” – Rosa Luxemburg
“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” – Neil Postman
Tom Robbins on “crazy wisdom”: “Crazy wisdom is the wisdom that evolves when one, while refusing to avert one’s gaze from the sorrows and injustices of the world, insists on joy in spite of everything. Ancient Egyptians believed that when a person died, the gods immediately placed his or her heart in one pan of a set of scales. In the other pan was a feather. If there was imbalance, if the heart of the deceased weighed more than the feather, he or she was denied admittance to the afterworld. Only the lighthearted were deemed advanced enough to merit immortality.”