I used to have a little saying that “despair is a luxury”. What I meant was that people who were scrambling for the next meal, had to hope that they would find something to eat. I meant that they couldn’t waste time with despair. I meant that it was better to hope for a better world, and especially to work for it, than to sit home and wallow in despair.
But this morning, watching Amy Goodman marking the one year anniversary of the BP disaster; realizing that the oil had settled in and gone nowhere; that the claims for compensation were being denied; that dolphins, turtles, fish and bird were still washing ashore….realizing all of that I got a little overwhelmed. Despite the fact that we know that fossil fuels are ruining the environment, we just keep pumping them out.
Meanwhile, just as we watched the oil spill endlessly into the Gulf last year, this year the Fukushima nucleat plant endlessly spills it’s radioactivity. I love eating fish. I think it’s important for our health, but which fish should we eat? Despite the fact that nuclear disasters are so devastating, despite the fact that scientists have found no safe way to deal with nuclear waste, we keep commissioning new nuclear power plants. What’s going on?
I wonder what kind of world my grandchildren will inherit. Our civilization seems to be on a collision course with it’s own annihilation. Spring is finally coming. Things are starting to sprout and grow. There’s no need for this madness.