It’s happening all around the world. Once thriving oceans, seas, lakes, rivers are dying. People are experiencing various forms of cancer at unprecedented rates. Also hypothyroidism, diabetes, and other diseases are increasing in prevalence. Then there are the dis-eases often categorized as mental disorders: anxiety, depression, anger, and more. What do all these things have in common? All of these maladies, environmental and human, are either caused or exacerbated by one or more of the various forms of pollution which are rampant in our world today.
These forms of pollution include pollution of our water, air, earth, bodies, minds, and spirits. Many types of corporeal pollution are listed above. Regarding our minds and spirits, we are currently experiencing widespread pollution of human kind by greed, fear, and hate. It only takes picking up a newspaper to find instances of this pollution at work.
Who to blame, or is there anyone to blame? Do we always have to look for someone to blame? In this case, yes, there most definitely are people at the root of the problem.
One source; a company, government, church, or other agency with financial or other special interests produces “Y” amount of pollution, another company produces 2 times as much. Another company maybe only produces 1/2 as much. And all of them are saying that they do not produce enough pollution to be causing such problems. And all of them are right. And all of them are wrong. If you aren’t familiar with Aesop’s fable of the “The Crow and the Pitcher”, I hope you’ll read it. It explains a lot.
And where is the E.P.A. in all of this? They’re busy repeatedly firing Dr. William Marcus and then repeatedly trying to defend that action in court. And I imagine other activities of similar ilk, all conducted behind closed doors. Don’t ask, don’t tell. Many believe that today, under the Trump administration, the fox has been put in charge of the henhouse at the E.P.A. (Personally I think that has effectively been the case for at least a few decades.)
Don’t people see what’s happening? Don’t people understand the real and potential problems associated with pollution? Don’t we, with all our technology, possess the means to prevent and correct such problems? The answer to all these questions is the same: “Yes”. However, there is another question and answer which, together, underlie all these problems: Don’t we collectively, around the world, value life, human and otherwise, more than money? Unfortunately at this time, the effective consensus is demonstrably: “No”.
Too many people want their stock dividends, too many CEO’s want their 6, 7, or 8 figure bonuses, the power and influence of too many public offices are for sale, too many people want their cheap stuff. As with the devastating effects of pollution itself, it’s a matter of no one contributing factor being the whole cause, but again, “The Crow and the Pitcher” tells the story.
I think at some point in the future when archeologists, quite possibly from another planet because Earthlings will have become extinct, look for the answer to the last great extinction event on Earth, they will find a direct causative chain of: human greed-pollution-willful ignoring-extinction.
Yet, around the world, little by little, people are waking up. So the last question is; will enough people be awake and taking action before it is too late? It truly is a case of “United we stand, divided we fall.”
I am using the same artwork for this article as the last one because, well, it is just so appropriate. And I would rather think optimistically then post a picture of the pollution we can all see without any great effort.