And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.-Genesis 1:28

An offshore natural gas rig is burning out of control today in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf has seen more than its share of natural disasters, but drill, baby, drill! If and when the fire is extinguished, gas will still continue to spew from the well, ready to ignite again. A relief well must be drilled to intercept the gas flow, which could take weeks. 

By nature we are very arrogant beings. Most of us go through our days fulfilling our own desires. That’s okay, as long as we don’t harm others. But our participation in society as a whole makes us unwitting co-conspirators in the defiling of the earth and the destruction of our environment. I am supporting slave labor in Bangladesh. I am the Hypocrite driving my car everywhere I go, drinking out of a plastic water bottle, shopping at Wal Mart…

Economics and unrestrained capitalism have been elevated to the level of religion. Objectivism and the Virtue of Selfishness are on par with The King James Bible. The strange mix of American Christianity and greed as a moral imperative is in evidence daily on every level of government and politics. It’s God, Guns, and Green. The slide toward fascism is gaining momentum, perpetuated by our own desire to be comfortable. We are numbed by the inanities of daily life.  We are BORED, despite constant stimulation. We are disconnected from nature, from community, and from ourselves. Our 24-hour news tells us nothing new. The increasingly shrill voices from the left and the right makes us plug our ears. 

It makes me tired and depressed to even think about it. What can I do, besides type on a keyboard? My days are filled with repetitive tasks and child-rearing. I eat, sleep, work, and worry….always worry. What kind of world will my children and grandchildren inherit? As far as I can tell, not a better one. 

Forgive my maudlin babble and please watch this video. Perhaps I will have a better attitude tomorrow. 

2 thoughts on “Externalities

  1. Well said Amaya. We just let it happen as it is removed from our day to day life. But, as you note, we impact it day to day with our habits and conscious decisions. It gets back to the “Think globally, act locally mantra.” All the best, BTG

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