From our Friends at Earth Home Garden
Today marks our 10th Anniversary of living car-free
By “car-free”, I mean that Peggy and I haven’t owned a car since January 31st of 1997.
So, what is the difference between a person who, through denial, apathy, illness, or self-loathing, commits suicide by ignoring their addictions, and someone who hastens the destruction of a planetary life support system through denial of their addiction and its consequences?
The only difference I see is that people who commit suicide through substance abuse are just hurting themselves, and those who care about them.
But people who would poison an entire planet because they refuse to face their own addictions, are not only suicidal, but homicidal, genocidal, and biocidal as well.
Are we that oblivious to reality, and to our own responsibilities?
Do we just not give a damn, or do we feel too hopelessly addicted to our old habits? Or, are we just in denial that there is a real problem, and that each one of us is a big part of it?
Of the thousands of cars which drive by us every week, blowing exhaust in our faces as we walk around Big Bear, how many of the drivers ever think about what they’re doing, or about our health, or the stench they’re spewing into rarefied mountain air belonging to everybody?
Why is something like that legal?
Should it be legal for me to shit all over everyone and everything?
What’s the difference?
Legal or not, it’s most certainly immoral!
Todays’ infernal combustion automobile is probably the worst of our addictions, because of the magnitude of its destructiveness, but our disease goes much deeper than that.
How often have you heard the term “for the benefit of mankind”?
Humankind, blinded by its own cleverness, and imagined self-importance, values each technology primarily for the benefits to mankind.
Wouldn’t a species with the slightest bit of common sense, and some desire for long-term survival, assess technologies primarily on their benefits to all life on Earth and the long-term health of their ecosystem?
Isn’t survival considered a benefit to mankind?
We have grossly overpopulated the planet through the invention and use of technologies which supposedly benefit mankind. Yet it is becoming clearer every day that those very technologies may soon render our planet uninhabitable for those who would breathe oxygen, including the mankind they allegedly benefit.
And, once again, we turn to the technologies of an obsolete social & economic model—to the proponents of a failing civilization—for so-called clean car technology, alternative fuels, and renewable energy sources, so the worlds 6 1/2 billion people can, by 2041, become 9 billion … .
Read all of it here.