• Posted: Jun 06, 2010 15:06:15
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Despite the many problems occupying our minds these days, life does tend to go on. And probably always will. Though amphibians, as well as many of the other species on this planet, are disappearing at catastrophic rates.
The plain truth is that human behavior has consequence, all human behavior does. And the more humans there are the larger the consequences. The only way that reality is likely to alter is if most, if not all, humans decide to take responsibility for the consequences of their behavior. The self-serving notions that Nature is big enough to take care of itself or that God will step in to protect us from the consequences of our irresponsible behavior are ludicrously wrong.
We have the power and intelligence to make a difference. We only have to choose responsible husbanding of the entire planet over victimizing one another for personal gain.
I listened to one die-hard cretin yesterday point blame for the disturbing images coming out of the oil soaked Gulf areas at "those foreign oil companies", as if BP wasn't owned by U.S. citizens investing in their own energy future or didn't serve American appetites for cheap energy with no thought to the consequences. Denial and self-delusion are epidemic in the U.S., championed by media pundits eager to profit from sensationalization of whatever disaster comes their way. And advertisers are eager to fuel the frenzy in any way they can.
It would be a significant game changer if enlightened advertisers decided to pull their advertising from those who would irresponsibly sensationalize and instead sponsor media who both responsibly report and constructively illuminate socially and environmentally responsible human behavior. But don't hold your breath. Cretins are legion in this society and there is still vast amounts of money to be made victimizing both them and the rest of us.
Meanwhile, the tadpole and the frog, and all the other species of this planet, innocently and heroically try to press on with their lives.
Friday, June 6th, 2008