I’m not happy with the World…

…but I can’t do anything about it on a scale that would change anything.

Listening to politicians on the morning news babble at each other that they will not do anything about jobs or or education or ANYTHING unless the debt is reduced (which most economists will tell you is a false concern in relationship to income)… and then seeing that they do NOTHING while they are in session to work with each other or the President, and ignore the wishes of the voters.

Then I see the report on Global Biodiversity which shows that we are gobbling up the Earths resources at an unreplaceable rate (we are “outstripping the Earth’s resources by 50 percent — essentially using the resources of one and a half Earths every year, according to the 2012 Living Planet Report, produced by conservation agency the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)”

Natural resources — and the rate at which humans burn through them — rarely appear on policymakers’ balance sheets.

– Emily McKenzie, the director of the WWF’s Natural Capital Program

Tie all this in with the ignoring of Global Warming which is leading us further down the path to an unliveable planet.

The fact that we are still at war in the Middle East and are committed there for at least a dozen more years with billions of tax dollars being spent and no budget cuts to aid the economy is frightening. In my lifetime there have been relatively few years when we were not at war with SOMEONE… and the claims that this would all lead to peace are now nothing but laughable.

So my thoughts come back again to “what can we do?”

Elly and I have replaced all our light bulbs with the energy controlled ones and, even then, we sit in the dark most of the time to keep electricity down. We are growing our own food now (and buying and trading with local farmers.) We are planning to add chickens.

I am working with groups like Sustainable Shepherdstown to promote local job growth and development of our  local and regional small businesses.

I am campaigning against Monsanto, Dow and the rest for poisoning our foods and making it more difficult to get organic seeds in the market… yet they are taking over the food industry at rates that are more than alarming (for instance, Kellogg buying out Kashi has removed the latter from the organic food makers and now fills their products with GMO grains.)

But I wake up every morning more depressed than the day before… worried about the future for my children and my grandchildren (currently four of them).

Do you worry about all of this as well? Do you try to do anything about it, or just throw your hands up and resign yourself to it?

Let me know.

 

About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at www.897wshc.org) and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on May 17, 2012, in Business, campaign, Climate Change, Congress, Corporations, election, ethics, Family, Farm, food, government, Health Care, history, Internet, Job Seeking, Labor, Legal, Lies, News, Opinion, Politics, President Obama, quote, Taxes, Television, vote, War, Warning, Word from Bill, World News and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Worried and depressed, but the sheeple won’t listen, but I keep trying, hoping there will be an epiphany for masses.

  2. I quite understand. I look at events within my own lifetime, and can almost see the line curving downward. Then I look at human history, and become truly depressed. I have a theory that sentience itself may be an evolutionary dead-end. That’s why SETI hasn’t gotten any text messages from outer space. Once any intelligent species reaches a technological level that gives them the ability to destroy themselves, they invariably do. Either quickly through war, or slowly, with an increasing population, and dwindling resources.

    In the case of humanity, I look at society’s increasing suspicion and contempt for science and education, and I wonder whether we may actually be devolving.

    Well, aren’t I just a ray of sunshine?

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