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… and i’m asking her to change her ways” (yes, that’s right, bringing the MJ today — repetitive electronic drum beats, over the top, girly back-up chorals and all)
the machine that destroys requires many well oiled cogs. greed is the oil and we can each have a look in the mirror to see a real-life cog. depressing but true.
i’ve been looking in the mirror a lot, and not liking the cog that i see looking back. i can make excuses — so many excuses — and to a certain extent they would be valid. working full-time and parenting the rest of the time, i can say that ‘convenience’ products and services become key to sanity. or at least it sure feels that way.
but excuses are lame, hey? they do not make the consequences of actions any less real. they do not disappear landfills, un-acidify oceans, bring back mountain tops or stop suffering. nope, i wish excuses did all those things, because then i could feel fine about carrying on with disposable diapers, driving, canned beans, driving, mall shopping and driving, driving, driving. but with every pop of the garbage can lid, slam of the car door and trip to the grocery store, i know i am part of the problem. yup, excuses are lame.
so, with each glance in the mirror, i want to curtail the vanity that brought me there and instead take a close look at who is looking back. there is so much to be done to quash the destroying beast that is our rampant consumerism and i want to ask how else i can stop being part of the problem and start being part of solutions. and eventually, instead of seeing a cog, i hope to see a person there who is fully living, fully alive and fully aware.
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