I don’t have a particularly good feeling about our future. Everything in our society is speeding up faster and faster, and I don’t think we have a good handle on what to do with it. Cell phones – computers – GPS units – we are overwhelmed by media blasting us from every direction and available to all by phone to all and sundry who want to reach us. We have a sense of entitlement that was unheard of fifty years ago. We have no manners, and we are extremely sociopathic, caring nothing for anyone or anything other than ourselves.
Okay, not everybody is like that. And I only mention it because I think this “I just don’t care” attitude is part of our society’s downfall. Of course, there are many people that mind their own business and life their lives in a good way, but you don’t hear about them. When was the last time you heard anything positive on the news? If I hear two stories of happiness in a month, it’s been a good month in my book. Blood, gore, and violence = ratings. Bah.
But that doesn’t explain my bad feeling.
Unless you live under a rock (and lucky you if you do) you know about global warming, air pollution, water shortages and water pollution, over fishing the oceans, animal extinction due to habitats evaporating, etc, etc, etc. We have been warned by numerous experts that we are on the road to hell and will have no one but ourselves to blame when we get there.
In contrast, we have too few people trying to stop and undo this mess and they are fighting against special interest groups and big business that want to perpetuate the status quo. After all, that’s how they make their $$$ for the politicians in their back pockets and their shareholders in the boardroom. But the face that they want people to see is one of compassion for our planet, so instead of doing something NOW, they will appropriate some funds to conduct “a study”, another word for “there, that should get them off our back for awhile.” If it wasn’t so sad, I would laugh at the tap dancing that politicians and big business do when they are forced to look at our global problems. They just haven’t seen any evidence to confirm that our planet is ailing, you know.
So what do we do? We will do what we can. Commit to live as green as possible. Don’t litter. Recycle. Reuse. Walk. Carpool. Use less water. Use natural cleaners instead of chemicals. Cut down on electricity. Turn down your thermostat. Slow down on the highway. Offer your services to support green causes.
If we do these things, the world may still be a mess, but you’ve done your part in your little corner of it. You can take satisfaction in that.