I have been bussing to appointments today, and am noticing how especially awful traffic is as people drive for Christmas-related reasons. Despite all the fears in Seattle of global warming, so many of us hop in cars. We hop on planes, we drive places, we eat meat (which contributes a ton to global warming), we order things from Amazon that have to be shipped from far away. Human beings are not able to control themselves until the crisis is real and immediate – we fear global warming and say we need to control it, but don’t as a mass take steps as individuals to control it. And buy the time the Earth can no longer sustain humans it will be too late. In short, we are doomed to extinction in the years ahead. We will be like those early forms of life that helped create oxygen but died off because of oxygen – we are creating global warming and will die from it while blaming the republicans and Chinese for global warming while riding in our cars, planes and boats.
A western lowland gorilla was killed yesterday to save a 4 year old boy who fell into his area…. Per Wikipedia: They are foragers but favor locations based on time/season over an 18 mi sq area. Non aggressive, tend to be 1 male and 3 female plus young. In caltivity, up to 62% show signs of stress in the form of hair pulling… Opinion: Zoos are the wrong execution of the right idea, basically imprisonment of animals. We have zoos currently I think to protect animals and educate our youth that we share this Earth, which is great but means a living creature is sentenced to life imprisonment. I feel like zookeepers are saints but the concepts of zoos is bad… How many humans and animals does our society incarcerate? Awful.
I think the last thing I’d ever do is pick a fight with a disgruntled and traumatized person who recently lost his land. unfortunately a couple did this and paid the ultimate price. This story could make a Coen brother film but is truly tragic all the way around.
It is amazing to live on a planet that has 57,308,738 square miles of land , which means every person has a king-bed sized space to call their own (more than this for couples). Were there property disputes 50,000 years ago when only 10K humans shared the planet? Probably. That’s probably why early humans migrated away from Africa in the first place.
Regardless, this is a sad story for all of the participants. 😦
In completely separate situations, my 52-year-old cousin G is in and out of ICU with heart failure, and my great friend I’s niece is in ICU with a freak virus that was initially life threatening but now looks like will recover from (although it will be an extended recovery).
I, myself, exchanged a passing glance with Death a few years ago when I battled lung disease. The lesson here? Literally, I appreciate the little things: a fridge with food of any kind, a drink of fresh water, a deep breath of air, and the feeling of sun on the face. It all matters, and can be taken away in an instant.