op-ed columnist thomas l. friedman has a great article in the ny times today "this time is different." i urge you to read it - regardless of your political background - which is a point well-covered in the article. i especially liked this quote near the end of the editorial, "How could we have gone back to business as usual and petty political gridlocks with all those black swans circling around us?"
if you are not concerned about this spill and the havoc it is playing on the gulf, its wildlife, its residents, and its commerce then i ask you to check your pulse.
we are too attached to getting things cheap and living comfortably in this country - no matter the cost. forget about third world workers, or dangerous and irresponsible business practices exhibited by corporate behemoths like BP. it's so much easier to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear away from the truth. pick up a broom and sweep your porch. you don't need a gas blower for that. use a rake and some elbow grease in the fall. it's a good workout. no need for a leaf vacuum. how about a reel or battery operated mower? or how about shopping at thrift stores or good will for clothes and furniture? there are a lot of simple things that can be done to take better care of the world God has given to us. it starts now. it has to.