The Moon, the Stars and the Sun

Do you ever feel more excited about getting the package in the mail, rather than the item that’s in it?
I can understand that there is a certain thrill associated with waiting like the way Pavlov’s dogs salivated when they heard their dinner bell ring in anticipation of getting fed.

What is the difference between your ideal self and your real self?  (i.e. what attribute or physical feature would allow you feel the ideal ‘you’?)
My ideal self is not an overweight, out of shape old man, but as long as I am happy in life, I try not to complain.  If I had more money, nothing would matter to me.

If you found $2,000 on the ground and there were no witnesses, what would you do with it?  Are you ever morally obliged to take action? Under what circumstances?
If you don’t tell anyone and nobody finds out about the money that you found, it is probably yours to keep.  Some places do have laws that require you to report that you have found money and they may even require you to turn this money over to the police, or else you could be charged with larceny or theft.  The money must belong to somebody, as it usually just doesn’t drop out of the sky for you to find.  If it is an unusually large sum of money, there is a good chance that somebody is probably looking for it and the saying “finders’ keepers, losers’ weepers” would not apply to this situation.  I am not sure about this being a moral obligation as much as this is a legal obligation, as the law says that if you find a significant amount of money that you must make reasonable and just efforts to find the owner.  Nobody cares if it is a small amount of money found, as that just causes too many problems, but I think that $2,000 would qualify as a significant amount.

Most people would feel that they have a moral obligation to look for the person that lost the money, but they may not go as far as getting the police involved.  They would know that this money belongs to somebody else, but they could feel that they are not legally bound to report the found money.  I guess there is a chance that the police could just end up keeping all the money for themselves, which would really be wrong, but I could see that happening.  I think I would contact a newspaper telling them that I found the money, but not give them too many details, because telling them too much would get all of the cockroaches scrambling out of the woodwork claiming that it was theirs.  If they knew the details that I didn’t reveal that would help me to determine if they were the rightful owner, and then I would return it to them expecting some type of a reward.  I am not a big believer in karma, but I think it is important to do the right thing.

GRATITUDE SECTION
Melanie would like us to share how last week went for us.
I would describe it as being uneventful, but one of my nephews that was out of work did get a new job, so that was a good thing.

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Inflicting Pain

What mythical creature would improve the world most if it existed?   (If you don’t know, just choose something that you think would improve things)
I couldn’t narrow it down between the unicorn, a mermaid, or a fairy.

Should the death penalty be re-instated?  Why or why not?
I am not certain, because I never spent any time in prison and I never studied law or criminology, but I think that the death penalty might save money if we didn’t have to house certain unredeemable criminals for years.  The thing that makes me think differently about this is that every now and then a prisoner is released because new evidence surfaced that proved their innocence.

Spontaneity Or Stability?
I think that both are necessary in life in order to maintain an equally balanced world.

Can a dog/cat suffer? What about an ant? What about a plant? What about a bacteria cell?  Why do some humans think we’re the only species that does suffer?  Your thoughts?
Anything that lacks a nervous system is probably not capable of feeling pain.  No one is sure whether or not plants can feel pain, as they do not have pain receptors, nerves, or a brain.  Plants do feel sensations and they perceive and respond to touch.  Plants will perceive and respond to touch and temperature changes, but they are probably numb to pain sensations.  The plant will know when a caterpillar is eating it and it will send an electrical signal from leaf to leaf so the plant can start protecting itself.  Even though this plant is responding to damage being caused to it, that does not mean the plant is in pain.  Animals that are raised and killed for food will suffer miserable lives, but I don’t think that you have to worry about biting into an apple, unless it is on a forbidden tree.  In Game of Thrones, Joffrey was a strong-willed child that had an uncontrollable temper which manifested in his sadistic streak.  He had little sense of right or wrong, which often leads him to trouble, especially when he loses his temper, and when things go wrong, he always blames the problems on others.  He got his kicks by pulling the wings off of flies, and anything that was harmful to others he took pleasure in, because he was mean.

GRATITUDE SECTION
What are two things that have brightened your day today?
I had a nice breakfast and a nice snack.

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Size Matters

What is one topic you really like to talk about? Or something you really want to tell people?
I don’t talk that much, and I can go for days without saying hardly anything.  I do enjoy writing and some topics that I have repeatedly written about are politics and I share my stance on many issues.  I say how I feel about things that are going on.  I am against racism, I think that there are way too many guns in the hands of crazy people, I don’t like others telling women what they should do with their bodies, and I am against the pro-life movement.  I don’t even want to get started on Trump, as that is a whole other can of worms.

What do you normally never tell strangers about yourself? (be general, I don’t need to know details or invade privacy)
I usually tell people how awesome I am, but then I tell them that I am just teasing.  I like to make people smile and I would love to make this planet a better place to live on.  I don’t find my life to be all that interesting, but I enjoy writing stories where I can be an intriguing character in them.

Have you ever broken anything?  (can be health related, emotion related, or situation related – you define “broken anything” for your own satisfaction)
I have had stitches twice, but I have never broken any bones, that is unless you define a tooth as a bone.  I cracked a front tooth when I was playing basketball with my dad down in our basement.  I slipped and I had to get a root canal, which was expensive.  My mom found out that student dentists needed to perform these operations in order to get their dental degrees, so since I lived in Milwaukee at the time, I went to Marquette University for this procedure.  The student dentist was very nice to me, as I was helping him to get his degree and he bought me hamburgers, French fries and milkshakes when I went to visit him.  He gave me the root canal and he put a copper band on my tooth which made me look like a pirate, which was a pretty cool look for a kid.  He said that the copper band would only be a temporary fix and that when I got older that I would need a permanent crown.

Is having a big ego a negative trait or positive trait?
This sounds like a negative personality trait, but from what I read, many people think it is good for people to feel important, as long as they don’t become excessive and turn you into a narcissist.  If you start exhibiting over-confident behavior and arrogance, then you have taken this too far.  Trump has a monster ego, as he feels that he is more important than anyone else and he would like to be king for life, as he thinks he is better than others.  He is full of narcissistic tendencies, having a superiority complex that is bigger than I have ever seen, and he is very self-absorbed.  I can’t stand looking at his stupid face.

GRATITUDE SECTION
What aspects of your city or neighborhood are you grateful for?
It is mostly quiet and peaceful in my neighborhood, as I live in a gated community and this keeps out other people that don’t belong here.

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There Ain’t No Place I’d Rather Be

When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?
Cutting the crusts off of a sandwich was not a thing when I was young.  I never complained about having to eat the crusts and if I did, I guess my mom would have made them the way I wanted.  I think that kids only complain about the crusts being yucky, because they know that they can get away with this.  It is a big waste of food and when I was a kid, I was told to clean my plate and eat everything that was served to me.  I never wanted to eat broccoli when I was young, until I had one of my friends over to have dinner with us and he raved about how good the broccoli and cheese tasted.  I was spoiled, as I was the only one in my family that did not eat onions and my mom made me special meals without onions because of that.

Are you a fan of musicals—why or why not?
I am not a big fan of musicals, but I have watched many and enjoyed a lot of them.  Some of my favorite ones are My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, Grease, West Side Story, The Sound of Music and Les Misérables.

Is it difficult to do what you do? (for a living, hobby etc.).  If you’re retired, what you ‘did’ previously for a job can be substituted.
What a question!  I am retired now and most of my life I worked as an Electrical Engineer specialized in Control Systems.  I was responsible for designing, developing, and implementing solutions to control machinery and processes.  The things that I did could not be done by the average person, but I always looked at my jobs as being challenging rather than being difficult.  It was more like where there is a will, there is a way and I got the job done by maintaining a positive attitude and being a tireless worker.  I liked what I did, but it is much easier being retired.

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?  (Doesn’t have to be a rock concert either).
Hands down this was the Watkins Glen Summer Jam of 1973.  The Guinness Book of World Records said that this was the largest audience ever to attend a pop festival, as 600000 people showed up for this event.  I drove my station wagon there with eight of my friends coming along for the ride.  We showed up a day early and this was termed the Sound Test Day, so we got to see the Band, The Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead play two days in a row.  So many more people showed up for this concert than was expected, so when we arrived at the gate, they just waved us in and never bothered collecting our tickets.  I drove through the gate with an ounce of pot on my dashboard and nobody cared.  I bought a brand-new tent, but I never set it up and I slept in my car.  I also purchased some nice steaks to grill up, but I didn’t have any ice for my cooler, so I gave them away.  You really don’t need that much food when you are tripping.

I brought my tape recorder with me and I captured this great version of ‘Tennessee Jed’, where it sounded like Garcia was singing directly into my recorder.  It was a big stage, at least 50 feet high and the people who were right up front couldn’t actually what was going on, so they tried to make these human pyramids to climb up on to it.  The roadies got these fire hoses and they blasted these people off of the stage and the whole front area became this giant mud pit.  These people all ended up taking all of their clothes off.  I was watching the concert close to the front, but far enough back so I could see the stage.  I was there with Danny, Patty and Irene and one of the mud people came near us and he was freaking out Danny.  This guy was not only completely naked, but he had a snake crawling around his neck and his face was contorted, so he was making all of these unnatural and unattractive faces.  He was so high tripping his ass off so he was unable to talk and he was drooling all over himself, so he was sort of ruining our fun.  Danny told me that we had to protect the girls and keep this mud dude away from them.  I grabbed him by his arm and flung him back into the mud pit where he belonged.

GRATITUDE SECTION
Looking back over your life, what is one thing you’re grateful for?  One thing you really regret?
I am grateful for growing up in South Plainfield, NJ where all of my friends were Deadheads.  Regrets, I have a few and I guess if I had to pick one thing, I would say that I wish I had stayed in touch with some of my friends.

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Make Ready for Impact

Has anyone ever tried to scam you?
Too many times to write about in a post.  I could write a book about all the times that I was scammed after I left my wife.  I went online looking for love and I became a magnet for scammers.

What’s the best thing about parties?
It is hard for me to narrow this down to just one thing, as I love the free food, drinks, music and all of the interesting people that you can meet at parties.  I guess the best thing is knowing that somebody invited you and wants you to share some fun with them.

Do you listen to people’s advice if you didn’t ask for it?
It never hurts to listen to what somebody has to say.  If they offer me their opinions or give me a suggestion, I might be able to learn something from that.  If I am in a crappy mood, I could tell them to keep their advice to themselves, so this is really dependent on what side of the bed I woke up on this particular day.

Why is it impossible to spell funeral without fun?
A funeral is a solemn event, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun.  It really depends on how the person died and if they had a rewarding life.  If it was a tragic death where somebody died before their time was up, then it would be more serious than a funeral that is for an elderly person that died in their sleep.  My family is Irish on my father’s side and the only time that his whole family would get together was for weddings and funerals.  Since we didn’t see each other all the time, there would be a lot of socializing at the funerals, and we would celebrate the life of the person that passed by telling stories of how we remembered them.  Of course, there was a lot of drinking, being that we were Irish and we aways had some fun.

How was last week for you?
My life is mostly centered around blogging, but I did go to the Foot Doctor last week to have my toenails cut.  I wrote 20 Posts, which received 1,168 Views from 651 different Visitors, and I received 361 Likes and 260 Comments.  I just ordered 2 new bathing suits for myself, as the ones that I have are going on 15 years old and I thought that they had enough wear.

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A Thousand Million Questions

If you could be best friends with a celebrity, who would it be?
I read that Bob Dylan said that all the friends that he ever had are gone now, so if he wanted me to hang out with him, that would be pretty cool.  He is a genius, and I am sure that it would never be boring being his friend. 

What is, or should be, the main purpose of law?
The law should be for the benefit of the citizens, so it should not be taking away rights from anyone, unless those rights are deemed to be harmful.  If driving your car while not wearing a seatbelt, is hazardous to others, then a law should be made to prevent you from doing this.  If you are the only one being harmed by this, then driving without wearing a seatbelt, should not be a law, but since insurance companies have influence on society, this became a law.  I don’t see the purpose behind many of our laws, as clearly guns are very harmful, but lawmakers don’t seem interested in doing anything about this issue.  The Evangelical Christians don’t want to allow women to have control over their own bodies, so they are trying to force their will on others by banning abortions, and if we let them have their way, there will be no turning back.

Do you care about reviews?
Not particularly, as I don’t think that my work has ever been reviewed.  What I don’t like about reviews is all the data that is now being collected, because people keep asking my opinions about how I liked their service.  If I buy something online and I pay for it, or if I go to the dentist or the eye doctor, that should be the end of it.  I don’t want to be pestered with these short surveys that people tell me will only take a minute of my time.  If I bought a product from you a year ago and I didn’t complain about it, then just consider me to be a satisfied customer and stop asking me to review your services or products.

Is the ‘mind’ different to the ‘brain’? If so, in what ways?
I view the brain as being a physical thing, whereas the mind is a mental thing.  These two words are often used interchangeably, but your brain is composed of nerve cells and blood vessels, but your mind is just storage space for your thoughts and dreams.  You can see and touch a person’s brain, and although you may be able to get inside of someone’s mind, you can’t touch something that is energy, as it will just flow to another place.

Gratitude Section.
Overall, how sunny is your nature?  (Optimistic)?
I am like a breath of fresh air, and I expect right to triumph over evil on a daily basis.  I consider myself to be optimistic and since we got rid of Trump once, I think that we should be able to do it again.

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Interesting Questions

Do you become discouraged by the annual “Blogging Ennui” phenomenon that comes around every year?    (it’s early this year IMO) (blogging ennui means (to me) a distinct slow down in writing and participation, which lasts an indefinite period of time).
The beginning of the blogging year is usually busy as I always looked forward to Jusjojan, but this year I passed on it and I also stopped writing in Stream of Consciousness Saturday and One Liner Wednesday, but I was still able to publish 78 posts in January.  I feel that there are plenty of writing prompts around for me to write in, and I don’t feel this ennui, or listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of involvement or excitement here on WordPress.  Sure, people have left and writing challenges have disappeared and I actually stopped hosting one of the three challenges that I have here, but I did secure a replacement (thanks Melanie), before I resigned.  I published 94 posts in February and I guess that Love is in Da Blog had a lot to do with that.   March was my slowest month so far this year with only 67 posts published, but I promised myself that I would not fall behind in the April A-Z challenge, so I kept myself busy writing ahead.  I published 81 posts in April and this will be my 36th post for the month of May, so I will probably end up just short of 70 for this month.  I think that if you look for writing challenges, that you will find them, and if you are mentally tired and suffer from chronic boredom, you probably should be taking a break from writing.

If you were in a room filled with you and your doppelganger (someone who looks exactly like you do.  Supposedly everyone has at least one out there in the world) and 2 billion dollars, what would you do?   What do you think your doppelganger would do?
I would take a selfie of the two of us and ask him if he would like to split the money 50 / 50.  I have no idea how my doppelganger would act, but I expect that he would be surprised to see another handsome fellow in the room with him and all this money.

A building is burning. You have time to either save a child trapped inside or a valuable painting which you would then sell, using the money to save 20 children from starvation. What would you do and why?
I am not going to let a child die in a burning building, if I feel that I could save their life.  There is an expression that says you shouldn’t count your chickens before they are hatched, so since shit always happens, this valuable painting may not be able to save these 20 children from starvation for a whole variety of reasons, which I will not go into.

What’s your opinion of yams or sweet potatoes?
Not anything that I want to eat.

Gratitude Section.
I have been raking up the dead leaves off the grass in the front yard, just one bag a day and I will smile when I am finished with the work.

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I Should Be Having More Fun

1.What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back-to-back?
If you take a crap and pull your underwear back up and then pass gas, it is like you did that out of order, as you should have waited to pull up your underwear after you let the gas out.

2. What is something that you just recently realized that you are embarrassed by, that you didn’t realize embarrassed you?
This is not recent, but at one time, I didn’t know the difference between mass and weight and sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing.  Weight is a concept that relates to the Earth’s gravity and gravity is a force that attracts mass to the Earth.  As a Freshman in High School, I took Earth Science, and I asked my teacher how much the Sun weighed.  This was way before you could Google anything and I was curious.  Weight is equal to mass times gravity, but when you are on Earth, mass is basically equal to weight.  If you change your location with respect to gravity, mass will remain unchanged, but weight will not, so your weight will be less on the Moon.  It wasn’t till later when I took Physics in college that I really understood this, but my High School teacher did explain the difference between mass and weight, and she told me that gravity creates weight.
To really understand the difference between mass and weight, you have to consider density.  Mass is the amount of matter something is made of, and it is equal to the volume multiplied by the density.  Density is the amount of mass in an object pertaining to a certain volume.  The Sun has a certain amount of mass, but it is actually changing all the time, and its density increases as it gets closer to the core.  The weight of our Sun is beyond our brain’s comprehension, but it is estimated to be about 330,060 times as heavy as the Earth.  Knowing the difference between things prevents you from becoming embarrassed.

3. If Australia (including New Zealand and Tasmania – which I KNOW are different countries); the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA, and Brazil or Italy were represented by one food, which would it be for each?
Do I have to answer this question?  The one thing that I know about Australians is that they like to have shrimp on the barbie.  I heard that New Zealand has a lot of sheep and I guess that they probably eat some of them.  I just read that Scallop Pie is the most popular dish in Tasmania.  Australians eat hamburgers with beetroot, and in New Zealand they eat a lot of meat pies, so that makes it difficult to combine these three countries together.  I will choose fish and chips for the UK and since the Irish love potatoes, I will go with an Irish stew to represent Ireland.  I have to go with sausages for Germany, pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs for the USA, a churrascaria style meal made up of barbecued meats for Brazil and different types of pasta dishes for Italy.

4. What might happen if Goldilocks and the Three Bears were set in modern times?
Goldilocks would most likely get arrested for trespassing and stealing, as she is clearly a criminal, that is unless she got a lawyer and claimed that she had a mental disability.

5. Where was the most embarrassing or inappropriate place you’ve passed audible gas?
What is the big deal, as the average person pass gas out through their anus on average about 13 to 21 times every day, but some of this might not be audible?  Cutting the cheese, letting it rip, and breaking wind is considered to be rude and vulgar, but if nobody hears it, then it is probably OK.  There should not be any shame in having to fart, but with practice you might be able to control how loud the sound becomes.  If you release your fart slowly by squeezing your abdominal muscles, that should cut down on the noise it makes as it comes out of your butt.  If that doesn’t work, then you can always blame the dog.  It is unhealthy to hold your fats in, as the pressure will just keep building and something is going to have to give.  Exercises for your sphincter can help you to help you hold your gas for longer periods of time.  I am sure that I let a few go in the office when I was still working, but since nobody ever complained, I guess that mine don’t smell that bad, or else my colleagues didn’t want to embarrass me by complaining about it.

Gratitude Section.
My mom is gone, so I don’t celebrate Mother’s Day anymore.  I am not suicidal, and I don’t suffer from boredom, but my days are not filled with fun and excitement.  My fun is derived from writing, eating, listening to music and watching TV.

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Blogger’s Questions Edition

Tena
What constitutes a sandwich in your opinion?   Is it only the standard two slices of bread, filling (including spreads or meats and cheeses and veggies), put together in a stack?
It is something that you hold in your hands and eat with your mouth, so a hotdog or a hamburger would be a sandwich, but not a slice of pizza.  It is pretty arbitrary, but I feel that a calzone is a sandwich, along with a taco, a quesadilla and a burrito, but if you eat chicken wings with your fingers, that is not a sandwich.

Marilyn of Serendipity
Are ‘strong’ and ‘tough’ in regard to character the same thing or different?   Please explain your reasoning for either side you pick.
I feel that they are different.  A strong character would be someone that you can trust and rely upon.  A tough character would have the ability to perform consistently under stress and pressure, they would be resilient, and they would persevere.

Paula Light of Light Motifs II
What’s your opinion on RSVPs?
I think that they are a necessary evil, because events need planning.

Obviously, formal occasions require them, but what about invitations to dinner/movies and the like?
I think that RSVPs are only necessary for formal events, because things like going out to dinner or to the movies are spontaneous events and subject to change.

If a friend invites you to something, are you obligated to reply?
My social calendar is empty, so I am probably not the best person to answer this question.  I think this depends on the event and how busy you are at the time and also how well you value this friendship.

What if you say yes and change your mind?
There is no need to feel shame or remorse if you change your mind, as that is your prerogative.  If they are a good friend, then they should understand your reason.  You can change your mind whenever you want about anything, and you shouldn’t have to worry about the consequences,

How much notice is enough?
The amount of notice required is totally dependent on the reason or excuse for you canceling out.  Obviously if one of your children is ill, or you are not feeling well or if your boss unexpectedly called you into work all of a sudden, the notice time period would be minimal if not inexistent.

Is it OK to simply no-show to a casual social event you’ve already agreed to?
Yes, as unforeseen incidents happen.  If you are in an accident and you are in the hospital, that makes the social event that you agreed to attend insignificant.

Sadje
Do you think Hell has walls?
I don’t spend much time thinking about Hell, but it having walls makes sense to me, as I feel that the souls that are stuck there would constantly be trying to escape.

A Unique Title For Me
What would you name your boat if you had one?
Shelter From The Storm after the Bob Dylan song.

What will finally break the internet?
Kim Kardashian posting that selfie that breaks the camel’s back.

If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why would you choose that name?
I would be The Ineffable One because I could not be described with words.

What are some things that sound like compliments but are actually insults?
Saying that you like the way somebody looks, like “Nice hair mama” with a derogatory, critical or disrespectful attitude.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
What really happened in Roswell?

Marilyn 
How many bloggers are trying to balance the likelihood that WordPress will hike prices against the near certainty that their computers are ready to roll over and die?
732 sounds like a good number, but this is probably a rhetorical question where Marilyn is not actually looking for a number.  It is inevitable that WordPress will hike prices again and that computers will get too old to function properly.  Blogging is a hobby for me and I am willing to pay WordPress for the privilege of doing it on their site, because I feel that I am getting my money’s worth.  I purchased a new computer 3 years ago and even though it was a top-of-the-line model when I got it, I realize that it has a limited life span.  That is just the way it is.

Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove
What’s the most impressive, or oddest thing you’ve ever fixed with duct tape (or something similar)?
I have some duct tape, but I can’t remember what I ever used it for.  I know that it can seal a crack or patch a hole and it is a great thing to have available, just like Gorilla Glue, but I am more of a person that breaks things, instead of fixing them.

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Save the Planet

In your opinion, how are we affecting our planet?
There is a relatively low risk of near-term human extinction due to natural causes, but our chance for survival could improve if some people choose to move away from Earth, however as Khan said, “It is very cold in space.”  Currently, we have all our eggs in one basket, and there is no way for us to preserve our civilization from planetary disaster.  If climate change continues at its current pace and if deforestation and resource consumption continue to accelerate, this could culminate in a catastrophic collapse in human population and possibly result in an irreversible collapse of our civilization within the next 20 to 40 years.  If all the people left the planet, our Earth would thrive.

What solutions would you offer to stem the multiple problems we face vis a vis the destruction of our planet home?
Since we can’t just kill all the lawyers and public officials, we need to be creative and work together to slow down the destruction and hopefully come up with ways to reverse it.  We need to make plans on how we will feed all the people and provide cleaner, more abundant drinking water, and also protect the air, lands, lakes and rivers.  We need to move toward the Green Revolution to boost farming yields with less fertilizer, start making produce that uses less water on less land and rethink the way food is distributed.  We need new laws to prevent overfishing, which is a big problem as 84% of the world’s fish stocks will be in peril in our lifetime.  Another solution is to get away from fossil fuels and move toward clean energy.

Do you think it’s already too late and we could just do exactly as we’re doing now and things would turn out the very same?
I like to be hopeful, but the future does look bleak.

Do you participate in things like “Arbor Day” (a U.S. Holiday dedicated to planting new trees) or Earth Day or Earth Month?
The community I live in restricts what you can plant in your yard and I am only allowed two trees on my property, but two palm trees count as one tree, so I could have 4 palm trees.

Is any of it important in the ‘Big Picture’?
Scientists and executives at fossil fuel companies knew as early as 1968 that burning fossil fuels would raise global temperatures, which could lead to catastrophic consequences, but since money makes the world go around, and they didn’t want to hear about anything undermining their profits, they just keep on drilling for the stuff.  We must make a transition to clean energy, but this decision lies with the people who have all the control, and most of these people have their money in the oil business, so money dictates the big picture.

Gratitude Section
What can you personally do to participate in the “Clean Earth” movement?
I don’t have the ambition to go out and cleanse the contaminated world, but I would like to think that I could just sit on my ass and write about the world’s problems and hope that somebody else will pitch in to resolve them.  I hope that my writing will inspire people to change their thoughts and live their life more responsibly, so we can all create a new future filled with hope and happiness.

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