Our Rubbish Piles
Yesterday was the day the city truck drives by and empties the huge black plastic bin that holds the rubbish that gets tossed out by this household. I did what I usually do; grab all the plastic bags from all the trash cans and carry them out to the end of the driveway and toss them inside.
Someone else takes over from there. Problem solved, right?
Rubbish is removed, not my problem anymore.
The rubbish heap is piling up ever higher from our mantra of the consumer lifestyle. Spend and buy.
Hold a yard sale to get rid of what you don’t want anymore..
I know exactly what I did, however.
I got that rubbish from my backyard and sent it directly into someone else’s.
Someone else can smell it rot, deal with the buzzing flies eating decayed leftovers. The leakage of rainwater mixing with the effluent and washing into the local waterways is not my problem now.
I delegated my responsibility over my problem to someone else.
Problem solved, or not…
Life is like that.
We turn our problems over to someone else.
I had a discussion with someone I thought of as informed and highly intelligent.
The discussion was of the ongoing spewing of radiation from the three melted reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ici Nuclear Power Plant #1.
She knew nothing about it and her first words spelled it out totally.
‘They would tell us if it was that bad. Where did you hear of this, the internet? You read that stuff too much. If it was that bad, they would be telling us what to do. And besides, those Japanese are smart techies. They can fix anything.
This sounds like them conspiracy theorists. They tell lies, every one of them. Why are you repeating their lies? I got better things to do that listen to trash like this. Nuclear power is good. All them plants do is make a little steam. I have seen them. They are good. We need power. The world runs on electricity now. We need it.’
And so it goes.
If the ‘breaking news’ on all the major TV channels this morning read: ‘Ongoing recritically at the Fukushima Dai-ici Nuclear Plant continues to spread radioactive hot particles in the upper atmosphere and contaminate the Pacific Ocean’, what would you do?
If instead, the ‘breaking news’ was: ‘Tokyo needs to be evacuated immediately. Extremely high rates of radiation are being found all over in and around this area. Women and children need to be the first to leave. 43 million people live in this area.
Would you listen?
Both of these statements are true.
But no one listens, it seems.
As the radioactive fallout continues to come to North America and beyond, carried by winds and deposited by rain on our houses, yards, and food supply, don’t expect any breaking news.
There is no safe level of radiation.
Do your homework.
Our children need us.
Future generations, if there are any, do too.
We only have one planet.
It’s a terrible thing to waste.