DeKalb, IL....Sunday February 28, 2010....A friend suggested that in nature there are always positives to balance the negatives...maybe the CO2 we're producing isn't ALL bad.
Always positives balancing the negatives? I think not. Biologists
agree that we are now in the midst of what they are calling the 6th
great extinction - the disappearance of many species at a rate not seen
for millennia. This is almost entirely due to human activity. There is
nothing "balancing" it.
"White" people invaded this continent a
few centuries ago, cut down forests, slaughtered virtually all the
bison, decimated the natives - what balanced that?
you simply mean that for all of nature's "negative" extremes, there is a
natural positive balancing. Well, that might be so. But again, we
humans have interacted with the environment in ways never before seen,
and certainly in ways nature has little defense against.
you what, though: i stand with you in terms of changing our government's
priorities! What do you say we stop GIVING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS to
bankers and executives whose GOAL is to bleed us dry, to selfishly amass
as much money as they can, and the masses be damned!?
What do you say
we stop spending billions monthly on wars and preparations for wars -
these have all been, without exception, wars of choice - and put the
money instead into making our country a paradise for its people, instead
of making other countries a hell for theirs?
What do you say we
acknowledge that ordinary people in our country have a RIGHT to decent
health care BEFORE private insurance companies have a right to
overcharge us for protection they then find as many ways as they can to
And if there's doubt - an open question - about
WHETHER OR NOT human activity may be about to DOOM THE PLANET to the
gradual extinction of life as we know it, why don't we spend some of the
money we save - by NOT enriching bankers and
bombing helpless populations - on rearranging our common life so that
we perhaps protect our planet, rather than ravaging it? If we err about
but act as if it were true - no harm done, that i see - other than, as
you said the other day, cleaning up pollution, making the air clearer
and sweeter. But if we're NOT wrong....we will have the thanks of all
the generations to follow us for allowing them...to follow us.