Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'm Hot!


Susan was right in her comment on my last post... root canals are nothing to fear anymore. Mine was not bad at all. What was all the fuss about?

Well, on to other things. We are having hot, humid, tropical-like weather here. I love my battery-powered fans. I carry one around with me all over the house.

I saw on the news about the people working to clean up oil in the Gulf, and how hot and humid it is there. I feel terrible for them. The pictures from there are heartbreaking and maddening. I don't think that area will be the same for generations to come, if ever. The other day I saw an oversized SUV with a trailer attached. On the trailer were half a dozen ATVs or "mud-runners", or whatever they call them. There were two guys in the truck drinking beer and having a good old time, going somewhere to ride around for fun. It made me angry, to think of all the ways we can think of to use up fuel and damage the environment. I know it's fun, I know it's their right, I know they would tell me to mind my own business. But I can't help thinking that one day we will wake up and say "what were we thinking?"

I am not a religious person in the traditional sense, but I do think that we have some kind of obligation to take care of everything nature provides. I heard the other day that the U.S. comprises five percent of the world's population and uses 25 percent of oil energy in the world. I think we have been living in a way that is not sustainable, that we have been living in a kind of bubble, seeing the world as children, thinking it will always be this way. But there is politics, and there is money, and so few wise men (and women) in positions of power, who see this and are willing to change things. What do you think? Am I being an alarmist?

6 comments:

rachel said...

We live in what may one day (if we let the planet survive with us on it for long enough) be known as The Age of Waste, and future generations will gasp in horror at how we went on.....

judy in ky said...

I agree with you. It can't go on like this. Something will change, whether we like it or not.

Natalie said...

"The Age of Waste..." oh, boy. That really does say it all.
And the worst part is how well I know my part in it. I am trying to be better, but I know that as a So Cal gal, I am a horrible abuser of our planet... I am ashamed.

Natalie said...

and one more thing: I am so, so glad to hear that the dentist visit was fuss-free!

judy in ky said...
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judy in ky said...

Oh no, no, no! Natalie, do not feel ashamed. Living in Southern California is a blessing. I see how you care for your yard, planting and gardening, and caring for animals. Your family is artistic and smart, hardly abusers of anything.