We’re pigs. Actually that’s being mean to pigs. When it comes down to it, most of us aren’t as smart as pigs, and swine is a fantastically delicious animal. So no, we’re not pigs, we’re humans, a far more slovenly animal than the pig.
Why so down on our fellow man? It began last week when I decided to recognize a ridiculous calendar event day. It was the end of National Cowboy poetry week, and the beginning of Consumer Awareness week. In fact it’s the same day as National Jellybean day. I’m talking about Earth Day.
My first beef is with the name. I suppose the name was chosen because Tangible Karma Day and That Sucks Day were already taken. By rights it should be “Oh crap, we’re screwed” day since the Earth itself doesn’t actually need help. Sure, all living things on the planet could stand us reducing our harmful destruction; but the third rock from the sun will be around long after we’re gone. As much as we’ve done to destroy our water, food and generally life as we know it, there is nothing stupid bald monkey’s can do to kill the planet. The planet will survive, the surface however might get a makeover.
Secondly, there’s all the ho-haw around plastic bags. Truthfully we could completely eliminate them within a month. The only thing that beats our society’s incessant laziness is our cheapness. You put a three dollar charge on every plastic bag and I guarantee everyone will have cloth bags before their second trip to the grocery store. Setting a goal of 50% reduction in three years is a sad joke which combined with our pathetic lack of blue box pickup only highlights our communities embarrassing lack of commitment.
But that’s just the tip of the last iceberg. We have breakthrough energy efficient light bulbs and yet, harmful bulbs continue to be made. Don’t get me started on the gas powered car. Decades of flabbergasting technological advancements and we don’t have anything better than the original? Unfortunately there is no money in goods that last: TV’s, cars, you name it, if they lasted you’d never buy another and that’s good for you, but not good for business so we’ll keep getting crap that ends in the landfill.
What can we do? Those that give a hoot will do what they can. Meanwhile, those with the money and power will continue to rape mother nature while hiring “scientists” to say everything is fine. Yet deep down even the most staunch conservative knows things are bad. They might not admit it, but when they drive their Hummer to take their grandson fishing or hunting you can guarantee, if the watering hole or forest is even there anymore, its not like it used to be.
Thankfully Earth Day is only one day a year, leaving
us 364 days to rest easy knowing most of us won’t be alive to see
the consequences of our actions.