Imagine that you are in a room with a group of people, and everyone is asked to come up with three seemingly unrelated news stories which are bound by a common theme. well imagine that this is such a room, that I am one of party and that the my contribution is as seen below
- A petition against a Loo Tax on the Isle of Man
- Protests against flooding on the Somerset levels and
- The world facing a cancer tidal wave
What connection do you think there might be between all three, well perhaps, in order to allay any earthy thoughts emerging as regards potential content and volume, little more information might help
- It is proposed that all house holders on the Isle of Man are to be charged a £50.00 or $82.00 charge /annum so as to fund the refurbishment of the islands sewerage system
- People living on the Somerset levels ( a flood plain in more generic terms) are protesting about government inaction as regards flood protection for their land and properties
- The world is apparently facing a cancer tidal wave due to excessive consumption of alcohol and sugar
Still puzzled, well how about the fact that, in so many cases we fool ourselves into believing an either impossible or an implausible dream. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for following a dream, and I can think of no greater pleasure than seeing individuals or groups realizing their dreams but what saddens me is to see such groups or individuals either setting goals that are quite simply ludicrous or refusing to accept the consequences of their actions, in what ever field that may be
I will come back to the three points in a moment, but look at the picture to the left of these words, and you may well see what I mean
Here lies a set of motivational guidelines that are meant to inspire us all as readers to have faith in ourselves and to encourage us to a better future to come.
I accept that, under some circumstances some of the above might apply, but for most of, living a life beset by financial and emotional commitments, how likely is it that all such values will apply. I would say that such a list is both cruel and impossible, as it raise expectations within us that 90% or more of the time will fall to the ground
So is such dreams are are so unrealistic, what course of action should we sensibly pursue.
How about if we wake up, grow up, and smell the coffee; or smell the roses if so botanically inclined? How about if we accepted that for action there is a consequence, and that if we continue to give less back from nature than we taker from her, we are bound to end up in the mire.
It is almost as if we are standing in the shoes of a six year old child colouring in a picture of a dinosaur. We decide to colour the dinosaur purple with bright pink dots running down on side, and as we do so an adult comes up beside us and quietly asks us why. We might know even at age six that such a colour combination is inaccurate, or at least unlikely, but rather than deferring to the wisdom of our elders we simply reply
“Cos I want to!”
I suspect that the adult would walk away and think we were being an immature baby, yet, as adults, and as a world wide community, Isn’t that how we often behave
Mercifully, however, sanity does prevail at times, however unpopular, and readers might be please to know that, in response to the three named items the following responses have occurred
- If the island new houses and development, that means heavier usage of the sewerage system, and therefore the island must pay
- A “level” is a flood plain, and therefore liable, by definition , to flooding, and the UK needs to redress the needs of town and country, as not all current flood defenses can be maintained
- That unless we globally cut down on our alcohol and excessive food consumption the rate of cancer must and will rise.
This is bad news for most of us who want to carry on dreaming, but if you empty a barrel of food or necessities without bothering to replace it, what else will you be left with but an empty drum? We can carry on dreaming, we can carry on beating that drum which ever increasingly lies before us, but it wont put food into an empty belly, and as we carry on exhausting the world resources, it will only speed our journey to the mortuary slab or to the tomb
Sorry to end on such a depressing note folks, but with so many unrealistic reams being flouted around us, I just feel that reality should be closer to hand
More cheerful posts will be coming along shortly by the way, and that’s a promise!