There's a lot of talk about this Global Warming yet not many Americans seem to take it seriously. In fact, most Americans have taken the view of "Hey, it was cold this morning! What's this 'warming' nonsense..."
My Friday Rant will quickly address the issue:
Working from the least important to most important:
Most people wake up each day in the comfort of their home. They turn on the water. It works. They open the fridge, get food. Make coffee. They leave the comfort of their heated/cooled home, climb into their heated/cooled car and drive to work - a heated and cooled office or store. Then the process goes into reverse, they go home and enjoy entertainment that takes their mind off whatever problems they may have. Eat. Goto bed.
There is an endless supply of all things in this country. Water. Food. Tv's. Movies. Big cars. Big houses. There is no care for the temperature out the door if you are in a climate-controlled house, car or office for 99% of your existence. Why should you care? Live for the moment. Get educated from People Online - "BREAKING NEWS - PARIS HILTON FARTED AT FASION SHOW", DON'T MISS this week's episode of Lost, got your FANTASY TEAMS lined up cuz it's March Madness, and as soon as that's over we got Baseball games with all-you-can-eat buffets... DAMN. Life isn't good it's GREAT! Well, at least it is in my virtual world on Second Life. Huh? Are you kidding me? Aren't we smarter than all this? Or do we just not care about anything but our instant greed & gratification?
"But I work hard. I don't want to be told I can't drive my SUV or watch American Idol. That's what freedom is all about."
People are careful to protect this routine. People do not want their life disturbed. People think they work hard and deserve whatever creature-comforts they give themselves. Every day. A feeling of entitlement has crept into our American lifestyle and I think our forefathers would puke over it. Where did that come from? And is it really so hard to make small changes that will have a huge influence on everything around us? Everything we purchase is a chance to make a statement. For example if you shop at Walmart your statement is that you don't mind giving China your money for crap. The car you drive, how you drive it (slowing down just a wee bit will boost your mileage), all make a statement. So why are Americans so hell-bent on driving such massive cars and driving them like anyone else on the road is in their way? Why do Americans have to own such massive houses? And the real kicker is the idiots who are whining because they can't afford the mortgage rates on them now. Oh boo-hoo!!! If you ask me this is the most insecure country of out-of-shape pansies that hide behind the worlds largest war machine to feel tough. But since you didn't ask, I'll keep that nugget to myself.
If you are still reading, here's one to think about: imagine having your doctor tell you that you have cancer. Would you ask the doctor, "Exactly how will this 'cancer' affect me? At what date will I become so sick that I need to change my routine? When will I get so sick - and I want a date Mr. Doctor, that I have to stop smoking or eating poorly? Because if you can't answer these questions, I don't believe in this 'cancer' and will do nothing to address it."
Such a response is on par with the folks who laughed at the discovery of "germs" and those who poo-poo'd the notion that fleas could be the ones carrying the Plague.
"You mean to tell me there's these organisms that I cannot see, but they are strong enough to kill me? Yea, right."
Getting back to the point, shouldn't a species as evolved and educated as humans be more prudent in the face of such unknowns? What really is the smarter course of action?
1. Invade all oil-rich countries, oppress the people who live there and hope the rest of the world looks the other way? Reveling in our own self-importance until we realize our cancer is viral and we are about to perish as a country? Nuh-uh, that could never happen! (we're muuuch smarter than those Romans) How?? OH, we've funded a war on terrorism (CIA admits openly that Iraq had nothing to do with Al Qaeda), or, uh, a war to ensure oil for our country... AND borrowed the money for it from CHINA? So now the rest of the world hates the US even more (if you don't acknowledge this you really don't travel much) and the other biggest super-power holds our cash reserves? And we teeter on recession yet dump billions per month into Iraq...
or a possibly more educated alternative:
2. Eliminate our use of oil. Since the current war has an estimated cost of about $25,000 per tax payer, could we take that money and provide each car owner with a hybrid vehicle? Thus saving the need for any new warships, fighter jets, costly wars, lost lives, et cetra ad infinitum... or is that just not cool enough? Just not "American" enough? Hmmmm...
Is there perhaps an ounce of prudence in thinking that if a few very small changes are made, our lifestyle can continue? Because the unpleasant truth is that if the planet's average temperature increases even 3,° every balance of life will be off balance. To what extent can never be known until it happens. Kinda like that pesky cancer.
Health of the planet we live on. Seems this should be at the top of the list of importance. It really won't matter who owns the oil reserves if we enter a 50-year drought. Or are such things just never going to happen to America because we're too powerful? What a conundrum...
Will there be any solace in the words, "Oh gosh. I didn't realize that could happen..."
Case in point: Honey Bees are dying at alarming rates. The same bees that pollinate our sources of fruit, vegetable and seed crops. Why? Hmmmmm.
It's time to wake up and look at the bigger picture folks.
A foolish consistency is the hob-goblin of little minds.