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Shady Quip

Some people’s standards in life are so low you can smell the shoe leather.

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A Rainbow of Feelings

 

Blue is the colour

Of the sadness I feel

But then there is Gold

For the hope I appeal

 

Red is for anger

Which all of us know

But it can be tempered

Not left there to grow

 

Now Green is the colour

Of envy and greed

Feelings of evil

Of which we should heed

 

Orange is so tasty

Quite fruity at best

With feelings of bliss

Perhaps it’s a test

And last but not least

Is the colour of wealth

True Violet is rich

If only in health

 

The Rainbow of riches

Awash in the sky

The emotions we feel

They all do apply

 

 

 

The Silent Extinction

It’s really happening, right in front of our eyes. We are complicit. In many ways we are the architects. We have needs that must be attended to right now and we don’t count the cost. And the cost is high.

It won’t happen in my lifetime, I hope. It may not happen in our children’s, children’s lifetime. But make no mistake, it will happen. One day there will be no more and it is our fault. We did this. We did this intentionally and there is no one else to blame.

Perhaps it’s not a bad thing. Perhaps out of this extinction Life will find a way to reassert itself, to blossom once again. I would like to believe that animals will once again walk the earth freely. The skies will once again be blue and the rains will no longer be toxic. Fish in the lakes and seas will go about their business without our interference. Plants will have a chance to evolve as they are meant to without our imposed guidance. It could happen. I believe that it could happen. I want to believe.

The warnings were there. It was clear to see for anyone that had the courage to look. The naysayers denied it and perhaps that hastened the final outcome. I would like to hope that it might not happen, that the damage is not irreversible. But all the signs are to the contrary.

The extinction of the human race is coming.

Taking Responsibility

Two little words. Actually they are not so little and neither is their meaning. Taking Responsibility is something that is often not done and always should be. And who gets the blame? Well, of course, everyone else. Lately it’s the Millennial’s. A generation of young people whose name is usually used before or after a snide comment.

It isn’t their fault, usually. Their parents, and that generation, was so hell bent on protecting the children of the next-generation that in doing so, insulated them too far. They grew up not knowing what it was like to fail. Failure is part of the learning curve. We have to learn how to deal with disappointment and rejection and angst.   It’s all part of the process. If, as a child you’re always told that you are perfect and can do no wrong then as an adult you will continue to believe it.

My generation was so proud of getting away from the Me Generation that we boomerang straight into the Fear Generation. And it’s all our fault, mostly.

Our world will one day be run by the Millennial’s. They will one day be leaders of industry, politicians and law makers. Hopefully their childhood of fear will segue into caring and competent adults. I am an unrepentant optimist. I believe that not all of them are quite as clueless as so many appear to be. But it will not be easy.

Mistakes were made in the past and the past never goes away. What is that saying: ‘if you forget your past, you’re doomed to repeat it.’ It’s entirely possible I have forgotten the exact quote, but you get the gist. I’ve often heard the youth dismissing what has gone on in the past. I have heard that is archaic and is not relevant. It is comments like that, that makes one wonder if they have what it takes to survive.

A few years ago power went out over a great deal of Central Canada and the northern states. I wasn’t significantly bothered. It was in the summertime but it wasn’t too hot and I simply had a cold dinner that night. Traffic lights were out, subways were out, even cell towers were down. The power was out for I believe up to 12 hours, or more, in some areas. There was a lot of trouble in the cities with traffic lights etc.

What I found particularly telling in this whole situation was the furor brought on by the inability of people to use their cell phones. And lights! I had people knocking on my door because they heard I had candles. These people did not know what to do when the lights went out. They didn’t have candles because, well, there is a light on their cell phone. People honestly said that to me. They could not conceive of their being no electricity.

Such a little thing as no lights and the world goes to hell? Not in my generation. You put a candle in a glass in one hand, a bottle of beer in the other and you’ve got a date. If the Millennial’s cannot learn to adapt then I’m glad I won’t be here to see it.