I’m sure everyone out there has noticed how whacky the world seems to be these days. It’s sort of hard to ignore. Not that insanity in the world is anything new historically. But there is a difference between then and now. Never in the world of Man, have we been as completely connected as now. We are connected with the global economy, hear the news as it’s happening, and watch the brain matter explode right on our screen. Many are connected via internet constantly on mobile devices. We can argue whether all of this is good or bad, but like all things there are pros and cons.
DESTROYING OUR OWN NEST
Environmental toxicity is at a dangerous level these days, as it was predicted it would be by now for the last 50 to 60 years. Our Oceans are in fact, actually dying now and are more than 50% totally screwed. More and more species are becoming extinct all the time, and for the first time a global fear of a collapsing biosphere is emerging. I’d like to ask the world, “have you not been paying attention? Did you not care once about what was right in front of you all this time?” But the answer is obvious. For the most part, people really don’t care until it effects them personally and is directly in their backyard. Soon it will be, like it or not. And when it does, how you react is crucial. This is a pivotal time for the human race. This is the point when you can either point fingers about who did it, or do something about it. Let me spare you the suspense about who did it?
We all did it. So man up and look in the mirror about your contribution to it all. Don’t berate yourself, that’s not what I’m getting at. But accept the fact that as a species, humanity at large did nothing to stop it. We have had plenty of time to consider our actions, and we chose “other things”. Me, you and everyone you know is part of it. Don’t think it’s all on the government or corporations.
Some people think education is key to solving so many of the things that plague us as a race. This is true. But before education comes the old fashioned “giving a damn”. If you don’t really care about the quality of the water your grandchildren will drink, why would you be motivated to understand how the biology of this planet works, or that ground water is connected and constantly recycled? When you pollute a stream somewhere else, it will eventually become the water your grandchildren drink. It’s really not rocket science. Here’s a few facts direct from National Geographic about potable water on planet Earth you may not have thought about. So I ask, do you feel doing permanent damage to any lake, river or stream is acceptable for any reason?
Freshwater makes up a very small fraction of all water on the planet. While nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. The rest is saline and ocean-based. Even then, just 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, with much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields. In essence, only 0.007 percent of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people.
But then again, I also believe the Earth is a living being not to be exploited. So if you want to laugh at me, go ahead. Just remember when the shit hits the fan, that this planet owes us nothing. It’s been a long time since we’ve ever “given back” for what we take.
Some day, she just might Take It Back
THE GREAT RACIAL DIVIDE – AGAIN?
And then we have the increasingly ramping up social issues here at home. Racism is back on the scene again in our part of the world, not that it ever really left. But the divide is getting bad again in the Western world. This to be honest shocks me. With all of the problems in our world and many societies, are we seriously so unevolved that we put so much emphasis on something like skin colour? REALLY? That’s just plain embarrassing. So I’m going to ahead and feature this video that a friend made. We go back a long ways in the music realm, 1996 in fact when I was going to recording school in Madison. I think this video is fantastic and you should check it out. Leave a comment on their YouTube channel. Show your support. Pass it on!
I’m going to be really blunt on the issue of racism when it comes to things like regular Police brutality and murders. It’s not on the black community to change this. It’s all on white people. It’s up to white people to “shame” other white people and make them feel like the scum bags they are being. I guess Dr. King didn’t have an emotional impact on everyone. But he sure did me. When 150 black people march up to a local Police station and make demands for things to change, it’s called a riot. Call in the National Guard and knock them flat. When 150 white people do the same, well those are just concerned citizens, right? You don’t have to be loud, antagonistic or make threats. Make quiet but serious demands. If this nonsense doesn’t stop right here right now…..all of you fine badged officers involved in any part of this will be out of a job. Because we, the tax paying check writers will not allow you to hold this position if you are going to allow this to go on. And don’t think it’s only white officers that have this problem. Human nature is human nature. People just love to hate.
DIVIDE & CONQUER
It’s always worked historically, and it’s working again. So much of this now in my opinion is becoming more of a class divide issue. Economic divide is getting very extreme. But let’s face it, most of us are far from wealthy no matter what our colour or creed. I’ve lived below the official poverty line for many years for reasons well beyond my control. Of course it makes me angry sometimes. So don’t be stupid my friends, most of us are on the same side. Don’t take the bait. Don’t get involved in the great divide by hating the people you have the most in common with. Or did you think that someday those Republicans / Conservatives would invite you to their party & give you a gravy job for your years of support?
White folks: If you are acting a fool; Don’t think I won’t shame you if I see you acting stupid on the street and supporting this brutality. I’ll make you feel small and insignificant. If your with me on this, then it’s your job to also set other white people straight. Yep, it’s your duty I’m afraid to say……take the challenge and man up.
Black folks: A huge percentage of white people don’t have nearly the privilege some think we do. I have friends from all over the world, from radically different cultures. Do you? Or have you been in your own neighborhood a bit too long? It’s a big world out there. No group of people is “all the same”. So be careful not to make enemies out of those who would be your friends.