Well, there’s the kiss of death. Anytime anyone or anything gets a day named after it, it means we have no intention whatsoever of taking it seriously. It’s just another lazy way for mankind to compartmentalize something and feel better about ourselves.
Hey you moms out there…here is your own special day. Congrats. (The bad news is that we are pretty much going to crap on you for the rest of the year). Same for you dads, secretaries, Jesus, Satan, dead presidents, America, etc. The list is pretty much endless. One “special” day to commemorate something and then forget all about it.
Did you know that Earth Day began in 1970? And here you have been ignoring it all of these years. Shame on you. Now that you know such a day exists, go outside and kiss some dirt or plant a tree. That should be enough of a penance to hold you over for the next year.
I wonder if they have Earth Day in less guilt ridden societies? Do you think dirt poor villages in Africa will be doing anything special today? Something tells me they won’t feel quite as compelled to hug a tree or walk to work. No, just the fat dumb happy countries that are riddled with guilt will “celebrate” because we use the earth as our daily toilet bowl.
And, by the way, why shouldn’t we? Our planet has an amazing ability to shrug off our valiant efforts to destroy it. In fact, just to get even, Mother Nature will stir up a hurricane or tornado every now and then to put us in our place. (Striking golfers with lightening is my favorite Mother Nature practical joke).
Let’s be honest. We are all for taking care of the earth if it fits within our day to day plans. Don’t drive to cut air pollution? Not gonna happen. Turn down the heat to save fossil fuels? I don’t think so. Stop making so much “stuff” and using up the planets natural resources? Please…don’t make me laugh. Put an “Earth Day” decal on my car to show I care? Absolutely!!! (As long as it is removable).
We are the most hypocritical society in the history of mankind and I am proud to be part of it. I love being able to say a prayer, or plant a tree, and absolve myself of any sins against my fellow man or Mother Earth. It is an awesome deal.