Austerity Measures

For the second time in a few months, someone has presented
the concept of “bio diversity” to me; and whilst this second occasion
has been merely as an aside to a larger, general question,

the first had been phrased as a definite challenge – an admonition –
that I ‘should be doing more to “care” for this world.

As I did not address that first presumptive remark at all,
I thought it might be prudent to present a few thoughts
with regard to this notion that I, and folk like me … Should “Care”.

I would have thought that it SHOULD Be crystal clear
from the content of this Internet site, where I stand
with regard to ANY aspect of kindness, care, courtesy
or consideration – most especially where peaceful
and gentle creatures – ( whether man, animal, or nature
in general ) – are concerned.

Dispensing Kindness Should be the practice of Every human being
that possesses a working conscience.

There has been, over the past ( I suppose ) 15 years,
a renewed religion of EARTH WORSHIP – that I remember being last foisted on us
in the early 1970’s – under the phrase “Ecology”.

What appealed to the hippies of the latter ‘60’s, now appeals
to the glass-and-chrome living, machine-programmed urbanites of today.

It is a ‘bandwagon’ that is ridden by the hand-wringing masses
of 21st century society …

A ‘wagon’ which is driven OVER the top of people
who are conscientious;

and driven AROUND those
who are the cause of damage in the natural world today.

I have neither part nor interest in this decade-long proliferation of Fear …
from supposed “Over”-Population, ( the whole middle latitudes of Canada
consists of tens of thousands of acres of vast open, unpopulated wilderness
– as, I suspect, are the same latitudes of Russia and Scandinavia (?) );

Disease, the Sun, the Seas, the Temperature, “Second Hand Smoke” –
and every-and-any-other Particle of Sand that has been presented as an Avalanche,
in order to breed fear in subservient, self-obsessed, hypochondriac masses.

I can only state again:

The destruction of plants, animals, and wilderness is a topic that SHOULD BE
taken up with the TWO forms of human life who do just that –

1.)

those “film stars”, “celebrities”, politicians, and CEO’s
who go from A to B in Leer Jets and Limousines;
and have the walls and ceilings of their Californian mansions
decorated with 24 carat gold leaf –

… yet whine,

and call for the little old widow lady in her cottage in Killarney
to practice “Austerity Measures” …

and, 2.)

those wanton beer-swilling, groin-scratching savages
who destroy nature with the noise and carnage from ‘dirt bikes’,
ATV’s, and Snowmobiles; and fling their stinking beer tins
wherever they happen to be standing at the time.

So Then – to raise any such matter with a man who feeds birds all year;
and is moved to tears when he has to lay a mouse trap
because the little creatures have ventured into the kitchen

— NO.

No.

I will not abide being equated with the self-serving narcissists
who regard this world and everything in it as being here for their amusement
… or source of profit.

As of this coming year, we ( in this pat of the world ) will be forced to do
what folks in Japan have been subjected to for awhile now –
pausing to poke through all household rubbish
– banana peels go here; cardboard goes there;
batteries go here; and if-you-are-not-sure-where-that goes,
consult a list –

Voluntary Compliance and Human Automation.

And … WE will be forced to pay for the special bin
that will be delivered to our house.

Rotting food will be picked up once a week;
all other household rubbish, every two weeks.

Which is fine, of course, because corporations, and politicians,
and royalty … will all be doing exactly the same thing.

Won’t they?

Ban the little old man from smoking his briar pipe in a city park –
that wisp of smoke will kill your children !!!

but think nothing of the 600 cars, trucks, and buses that spew
benzene, sulphur dioxide, and carbon monoxide all over you
– and your children – every single hour in Vancouver, New York,
Moscow, Berlin, or Tokyo.

I believe it was Jonathan Swift who observed that

The Law is like a spider’s web:

it catches flies … but allows wasps, and hornets – the large
and dangerous predators – to fly free.

The same is true of the fantasy plethora / deluge of fear-mongering
that has been proliferated of late.

Yes, I will do what I am told to, because I want to live peaceably.

But – to those who are ever seeking to ride the rails
of nit-picking, fear-mongering; or jump on the bandwagon
of every newly invented criticism based upon hypochondriac absurdities,

PLEASE –

If you have concerns about the abuse of this world,
or abuse in this world …

… you DIRECT your call for accountability TO those creatures
who are Responsible for the abuse.

And leave those of us

who exercise due conscience and consideration

to live our lives in peace.

P Livingstone

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