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Saturday, July 7, 2012

For A Dancer

"Keep a fire for the human race
  Let your prayers go drifting into space
  You never know what will be coming down
  Perhaps a better world is drawing near
  And just as easily it could all disappear
  Along with whatever meaning you might have found
  Don't let the uncertainty turn you around
  (the world keeps turning around and around)
  Go on and make a joyful sound."            

Into a dancer you have grown
From a seed somebody else has thrown
Go on ahead and throw some seeds of your own
And somewhere between the time you arrive
And the time you go
May lie a reason you were alive
But you'll never know.                                     For A Dancer- Jackson Browne


There is an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that cites the almost total extinction of the west coast area oysters. The actual number of species facing extinction in the world, a large percentage of which are a direct or indirect result of human behavior, is truly alarming because it is now happening at such an accelerated rate. And alarming because there seems to be little interest in changing behavior, or in many cases, there is a deliberate move to continue the behavior.

Is there a better example of this than the Gulf of Mexico, where untold damage has been done to countless species by the oil spill and worse, from the toxic chemicals used to dissipate the oil. The accumulated havoc will take years to fully understand, but we do know that dolphins are dying at an accelerated rate and shrimp are being caught with no eyes. This is certainly only the beginning of the signs of devastation. 

How is that related to human extinction? Well beside the fact that all life is interrelated on the earth, that there is a food chain, it is the fact that there is going to be ADDITIONAL drilling of wells in the Gulf. There couldn't be a bigger warning to humans of the potential damage to be done...damage to all species including humans, and yet the quest for dollars trumps the value of life. Of course the US wouldn't be in wars in the Middle East if dollars weren't more important than lives.

Do you trust the genius' who keep funding bigger and more dangerous weapons to not use them? Or to not have "terrorists" get hold of and use them? We have billionaires who could not spend what they have in 3 lifetimes, subverting legislature that would impinge their manufacturing as regards the environment. Is the money for their heirs more important than the environment their heirs will inherit? Apparently so.

What that really amounts to, is an attitude that I'm taking everything I can no matter the cost to you/mankind. If that sets in motion a world of chaos caused by severe shifts in access to water and food due to environmental changes...too bad for you/mankind.

It is not a stretch to see this kind of attitude on the part of the people who have the controls leading eventually to extinction. For despite man's technological adaptative abilities, we haven't figured out how to eliminate hubris and greed.

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