So I'm in Toronto. In the bliss of Highspeed.
Only when you're without what others take for granted does one appreciate the Small Stuff that makes life so much easier.
And talking of life ~
I wonder what it's like for the 12% of US homeowners now walking away from their houses. "Strategic Abandonment" is the new buzzword for this.
I wonder what it's like to be a fisher in the Gulf of Mexico and have this toxic spill swallow everything in its path.
I wonder what it's like in the EU and particularly in Greece and in the UK where life is about to change irrevocably with further economic collapses.
I wonder at the magnitude of this confluence of what is happening on our tiny planet as it twists and turns in its death throes. A commentary I heard on CBC Newfoundland as I was driving Ansa to the kennel summed up this whole disastrous way of life so beautifully:
Amen, I thought. Of course. We have to produce before we consume. Is it too late for our grandchildren to rethink their worlds having been taught the opposite by their parents and grandparents?
"In the last fifty years or so we started to reverse the economic methodology of our ancestors wherein we now placed consumption before production when it HAS to be the other way around."
And did you know that offshore in Newfoundland, they are digging even deeper for the oil than BP was in the Gulf?
And when the Newfoundland government was challenged on what we are doing to prevent another massive spill, here's a summary of what the minister said:
Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale says the oil industry is watching the events in the Gulf of Mexico to see what lessons can be learned from a massive spill there.
Ms. Dunderdale said earlier this week that the offshore industry is too vital to the province to ever curtail drilling.
Yes, Drill, Baby, Drill is the modus operandi in Newfoundland.
And flying over vast swathes of clear cutting gives me time to reflect on all of this.
And resign myself to the fact that those times I read about as a child are here. Now.
• When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
~ Cree Prophecy