Nobody cares about your disingenuous #Earthday tweet or post.
by Stan Faryna
Michael Jackson, They don’t care about us
Earthday is on April 22nd. That could be today, tomorrow, or yesterday – depending on when you read this post. Most of my readership will not read this post. In fact, I predict that less than 20 people will read this post – regardless of the effort I made to pull readers in with a snarky title.
Did it work, Josh?
My doing this blog post despite the general dissympathy for Creation – that’s the kind of fire in the belly that distinguishes the blogger from the attention whores. [grin]
Enough with the snark! Because I have contempt for none. But I do have a place in my heart for you and the whole world.
This is what it means to fire it up, get ‘er done, and step up. There are no rewards and applause for doing the right thing – persistently. But the world, regardless of the lack of happy noise, gets better by these unappreciated inches – inch by inch.
The insipid, lackluster and uninspired description of Earthday provided by Wikipedia is here:
Earthday is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection
As Bill Dorman might ask – did a fifth grader write that?! [grin]
If I was asked to write the first sentence, this is what I would have written:
Earthday is a day for peoples and nations to recognize, understand and take actions against the serious and potentially irreversible and devastating impact of unreflected human activity on the environment, on the planet, and, perhaps, all of life. Potentially at stake is your life or the quality of your life. At immediate stake is the lives of the poor. And future generations will curse us for they shall inherit an unavoidable legacy of troubles, natural disasters, anguish and violence.
That’s a bit more than a sentence, but I would like to point out that I have emphasized actions for a reason. Because it is only by each of us, everywhere, contributing a hundred inches per year in conscious, reflected care of Creation – that we can minimize the terror and consequences of our dissympathy for Creation. Nature. The Planet.
You are not stupid! You can figure this out for yourself – your 100 inches. You can also help others decide on and do their inches.
If you don’t figure it out and/or you don’t help others, then you’re just another terrorist suspect with a number. Suspect number 3. Or suspect number 315. Or, maybe, suspect number 6, 386,924,226. The number doesn’t matter. What matters is that you could be an enemy combatant to future generations – if and only if you can’t be bigger than your personal problems and selfish ambitions.
In the comments below, I invite you to step up and share ten (or more) inches that you will do this month to care for this world.
A future flower bed – a small part of one inch in my 100 inches.
22 April 2013
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