One summer a few years ago I went away and grew a few inches.
When I came home, everything seemed slightly off, I bumped into counters and walls, overestimated the number of stairs, and most of my pants were suddenly too short.
So this time I haven’t grown, but now I’m visiting my childhood home and again everything is kind of weird. I automatically do things I never used to— washing pots and pans right after I use them, cleaning up messes I didn’t make, I don’t argue with my sister, I change my clothes and automatically pick everything up off the floor.
This shouldn’t be revolutionary, but it is. I do things without thinking and I don’t feel angst about my actions or inaction. I’m calm, focused, and I don’t feel out of control. Technically, legally, I’m an adult, but I never felt even remotely grown up before.
Evolution suggests that humans and primates have a common ancestor. Which also means monkeys aren’t likely to ‘evolve’ into humans ever, because our developments diverged and they are on a different path.
Trying not to rant but… I’m so sick of Americans talking about global warming as if there is a debate. It’s already been proven that exxonmobil among others had a hand in creating the controversy in the past 10-20 years in order to serve their own agenda. (Often compared to tobacco companies years ago finding doctors who went on record to claim no connection between smoking and poorer health)
EVERYTHING points to the fact that it’s happening. But really, who cares whether it’s ‘natural’ or ‘anthropogenic’? The fact is the emissions of cars and factories aren’t rainbows and sunshine. CO2 aside, mono-nitrogen oxides, ozone, and particulate matter are bad for the health people and crops. Which you have a stake in if nothing else because you are a person, you eat crops.
Also, the less wealthy you are, on a global economic scale, and then compared to those in your region, the more likely you are to be environmentally marginalized. In the U.S. that means the increased likelihood ’lower class’ residential areas being situated next to polluting industrial ones. In developing countries that often translates to land degradation because of a lack of support (education, funding, technology etc).
…Please just STOP watching those idiots tv, READ everything you can, get off your ass and DO something about it.
“I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”—Maurice Sendak on Fresh Air in 2011. [all interviews with Sendak here] (via nprfreshair)