As the recent disastrous British Petroleum (never again will their stupid slogan, “Beyond Petroleum” make any sense, not that it did before) fireball and ecological oil disaster continues to reflect in the Gulf Coast – the death of 11 workers, the contamination of an entire ecosystem (aquatic life, birds, plant life), the loss of work for thousands of fishers and on and on reflects, our addiction to oil is killing us and deeply hurting nature, who we count on to survive as species and civilizations.
It is so mind boogling, so preventable, so heart-breaking and is another example of how we can not sustain our ways of living and our ways of doing economic development, hoarding and extracting and leaving toxic by products which are really part and parcel of our lack of care for the world and for each other. When will the politicians get it that capitalism doesn’t work and that the best we can hope for is that the market has to be regulated with our taxes (not that representative government works very well). Nor does policing work, but can’t we live in a more harmonious way, with the world and with each other?
We can’t think as well as the Canadians (outside of the tarsands!) and demand that a relief well be drilled if we must drill baby drill? And off-shore drilling still makes sense? And the oil dispersant chemicals are worse than the oil gusher? WTF!
We need to rethink how we live, whether it is the devastation of Haiti after the big one hit (California is not the center of the universe nor of the fault lines!), whether it is the lack of drinkable water for millions of people in the world, malnutrition, starvation, governmental credits to not grow food and agricultural corporate multinationals and Monsanto that poison our only home and the war on drugs poisoning the Amazon, the lung of the world.
What the hell are we doing? With all our scientific know-how, our intelligence, our sensitivity and our attention to living non intrusive lives, can’t we do better.
Some people are going for it, dreaming BIG and living well within our means, caring for the earth, treading lightly, listening to the other species who make up our world, taking action.
When can we make it to the 5th monkey stage?
Are we in time to prevent our own self destruction?