This is my favourite hyperbole to use lately, and my sister and husband are getting concerned that there is some literal meaning behind it. Of course there is not, and I am not attending the full-stop journey to the Red Planet; however, there has been mounting frustrations in my daily observations, and I need to be real for a minute.
We have all mentioned in our posts and community conversations that we should not put down others for their choices or non-choices, and that we can only focus on ourselves and our own actions. We have mentioned that we are not here to preach to others and make them feel bad for their lifestyles. We have mentioned that we must not judge.
Can we be real? The fact is we are a judgemental society, whether we are consciously aware or ignorant of it. It sucks, yes. Can we avoid it? I don’t know. I consider myself to be a good person; I like to make others feel happy, and to help them when they are unhappy. I also spread this message that we must not judge others for their own choices; I even teach this to my students when events arise in which they are being disrespectful or judgmental towards each other. Am I completely guilt-free? Absolutely not.
What am I saying? I am troubled. I am troubled because so much of what you do makes my blood boil, and fuels my frustration. So much of what you do makes me shake my head in disappointment. Do you care? Of course not. You don’t even know me.
It troubles me that you leave your sprinkler on for ten hours like it’s nothing.
It troubles me that you buy bottled water and throw the bottle in the trash.
It troubles me that you think it’s okay to throw your cigarette butt on the street.
It troubles me that every day you use a new Ziploc bag for your sandwich.
It troubles me that you buy more than you will eat, and then you throw it out.
It troubles me that you say you have no time to change your habits.
It troubles me that you say you do not have enough space to recycle.
It troubles me that you bag your bananas.
It troubles me that you knowingly purchase a Timmy’s coffee every morning, yet you refuse to incorporate a travel mug into your routine.
It troubles me that you think you are exempt from your environmental responsibilities.
It troubles me that you point the finger at others, yet are unwilling to change any of your own habits.
It troubles me that you only live for today, and do not care how you hand the planet off to your descendants.
It troubles me that you say, “Well, we’re doomed anyway,” like that somehow excuses you from doing anything about anything.
It troubles me that you are out of tune with the planet.
It troubles me that it does not trouble you.
The “you” I refer to is not one particular person; this is based on endless observations of others. More and more people are standing up, using their voice, and using their power as consumers to change their habits and speak up for change. What are you going to do?
This is not meant offensively. This is meant defensively, because clearly the planet is not being loud enough for you to hear it.