Sometimes I feel like my head is a empty high school gymnasium. Just a scuffed up hard wood floor and ragged nets hanging limply from old bent hoops at each end of the court. It can faintly remember the noise of pound feet and the loud cheers of a teeming crowd. The smell of sweat and excitement prevails the air. And memories of cute cheerleaders add a pleasant touch to these long gone days. Now the old auditorium is darkened, lit only by the dull red glow of exit lights over each empty door.
To go back the analogy of Socrates and the pigon coop. My hand keeps grooping for a bird but keeps coming up empty handed. Thoughts are flying will-nilly around in my head and I can not keep one still long enough to grasp it.
Just received my latest issue of The National Geographic Magazine. The main article is on the melting of the Glaciers at the accelerated speed. People we are in for some big trouble and soon. As the upper layers melt the run off water draws the heat of the sun and causes more melt. We are probably past the point of recovery. With the slight rise of temperature caused by the melt, the glaciers are not replenishing them selves. And water that thaws and runs below the glaciers create a lubricant that causes the movement of the hugh chunk of ice to slide along even faster.
The so called experts are predicting a rise of sea levels of twenty-five feet world wide. Think if you will of all the coastal area that are inhabited now then think of a additional twenty plus feet of water all along the same coast. Hell most of our ports and docks would be under water. Then think also of the large rivers that will be impacted. A twenty foot rise of the Gulf of Mexico would undulate New Orleans and most of Florida as we know it. And the waters of the Mississippi River would rise also for how far. How much land mass do we stand to lose?
Well I am old enough I do not expect to be around for it. But I do have Kids and their Kids who will be impacted. Once again I am struck as to how powerless I am to make any viable difference.
And fresh water is growing more scarce with each passing day. When you think of the water one person uses in a days time it is staggering. We drink only a small portion of what we use. Each toilet flush 3-5 gal., wash your hands, brush your teeth 2-3 gal.. Take a shower ?= 30 gal. easily. Dishwasher 15 gal., water your lawn, wash your car? The list is endless,we Americans waste with out thought of waste or tomorrow.
The state of Texas used to have what they thought were inexhaustible aquifers. The irrigation of farm land and pastures has seriously depleted these same aquifers. In my own state of California they have built houses on almost every piece of ground they can level enough. Down around the Temecula area between Corona and Escondido it is now almost solid housing projects and shopping centers. All within the last five-teen years. They say we have plenty of water, for how long?
Have you been to Las Vegas lately? Where the hell do they get their water? That has to be one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Housing track after tract. And all the water on the strip. geez.
All over the country water rationing is in effect. In Payson, Arizona water rationing is in effect. You are not allowed to plant a grass lawn, everybody has gravel landscapes. Also in Las Vegas in the housing track my wife’s friend lives on you better not get caught washing down your driveway or your car, it is a ticket offence.
Oh well I’m not a expert on anything, just a half-a$$ed, poorly read old fart with a lot of questions and no answers. I do feel we are headed deeper into hell than we already are in a large hand-basket held by the devil himself. If we look closely enough we might even recognise the old gent as ourselves.