Us, Unmoored

US, UNMOORED

Politically, economically, nationally, individually, and collectively, society appears to be unmoored, going through a time of great doubt and debate, where polarized opinions rule the day and there’s hardly anyone standing in more or less neutral center anymore, the place we all used to meet.

Kids, our world’s future, suffer from depression at unprecedented rates. Also they’re getting shot when they go to school so those two things could have something to do with each other.

People who used to be friends cross the street when they see each other because they are now political rivals. Children have more common sense than their parents because they know climate change is gonna totally mess with their futures but the adults in the room can’t see their way to tackling such huge issues so they pretend there is scientific disagreement and close their eyes.

There’s such a thing as The Flat Earth Society, i.e., it’s not a joke; people really believe it. 🙄

The things we’ve worked so hard for –things like equality, women’s rights, clean air and water, to name a few — are, just like wetlands, open space and fresh water, disappearing at an unprecedented pace.

Monsanto keeps selling Roundup to farmers to dump onto their fields as a way to increase yields while cancer and autoimmune diseases soar to new heights, but as long as that bottom line keeps improving we’ll live with the degraded quality of the food, the planet, our lives.

Is it chaos or a common delirium that’s causing Us to suffer so. Is it greed alone? When did we become so unmoored?

And is there any safe harbor in sight?

It’s Day 21 of the #AtoZ blog challenge. Do you feel the drift?

pamlazos 4.24.19

 

About Pam Lazos

writer, blogger, environmentally hopeful
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22 Responses to Us, Unmoored

  1. Oh, I saw something about this! Sort of. It was a Frontline episode about chickens, and how feeding them antibiotics has now led to immune viruses that we can’t stop among animals or humans. But rather than, you know, NOT use the antibiotics, we just pump more and more in….

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  2. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    Greed, of course, is the root of all evil.
    When I buy fresh produce, I only buy the ones that promote soil health and the ones that have some sort of organic certification: it just tastes better. And it’s not that much more expensive…

    Ronel visiting with the A-Z Challenge music and writing: The Gifted and Unusual

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  3. lindasschaub says:

    Sadly we may not ever know the answer to either of your questions posed Pam. When you lay it all out here like this, we realize just how bad things have become..

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  4. “When did we become so unmoored?”
    ~ A good question, Pam. The answer lies so deep within humankind’s historical past that we’ve lost sight of the shore.

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  5. Ken Dowell says:

    What I keep hoping is that this is the last gasp of the flat-weathers, the climate deniers, the racists and xenophobes and misogynists and that at some point they will crawl back under the woodwork that they seem to have emerged from.

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  6. Susan Scott says:

    I feel shaky reading this Pam, as I/we should – we have to stay grounded and take our own baby steps in conserving our planet in any way we can, and protest against the Monsanto’s of the world – there’re many of them. Does order come from chaos? Do we have to withstand the chaos no mattr how despairing? Is hope born from despair? Do we ‘hope’ for the wrong thing? TS Eliot – from The Wastelands, 4th quartet I think ..

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    Your question is a good one. Where is the safe harbor? I’ve no answer but by asking the question at least you’ve given us a place to start the conversation. Pity that “U” couldn’t have been for unity.

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