Now, I’m pretty sure I’ve touched on this subject before, since I’ve been writing this blog for about 4 years now, but one other thing I’ve noticed is that you almost can’t write the same thing twice, not exactly, there’s always a slightly different idea that creeps in somewhere.
It has to do with the old “The patience to accept the things we can’t change, the courage to change the things we can’t accept, and the wisdom to know the difference” line which, up until I attended a few AA meetings, I just assumed to be a meaningless platitude, but it’s not. You can’t change the past, you can’t change the weather, and up until recently you couldn’t change your gender. So,even what you can and can’t change is changing (and there’s one of those different ideas that creeps in during the writing).
But I want to focus tonight’s blog on what we can’t accept and I think the top of that list should be things which threaten the existence of life on Earth. Those are things we really, really should not accept and once you’ve accepted that they’re unacceptable, you start seeing ways to change them.
The extinction of the honey bees. Totally unacceptable. Of course, it could be easily changed by totally banning any herbicides and pesticides that honeybees don’t like, planting a lot more of the crop they like a lot, setting up safe zones, and keeping a DNA bank just for a worst case scenario.
Asteroid strike, like the one that killed the dinosaurs. This could be made a lot less likely with a good early warning system. I understand some scientists are working on that, but if NASA had the budget of the military, instead of almost nothing, we could have space telescopes surrounding the Earth pointing out in every direction and scanning every inch of sky, we could have outposts on Mars and various moons of Jupiter and Saturn, contingency plans for what to do when we do spot one, and we could have adequate underground shelters in all major cities.
Global Warming or, since anti-science voters don’t quite seem to get that term, “pollution.” We’re putting too much shit in the air and the water and it could kill us all, and most of our animal friends, too. Cockroaches would probably make it. We need to switch hard to solar energy, we need to plant about a gazillion more trees, we need to end fracking, offshore drilling and all of that stuff.
But, we’re not doing it, and I can’t understand that. These are things we can’t accept, so we should have the courage to change them.