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The end of an era?
August 29, 2011, 3:46 pm
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I wrote this weeks ago and got too busy to finish so I am posting it now. Still relevant.

So its Friday — Activism Friday, and per usual I have oodles of topics I would love to cover but I got a little sidetracked — as one does when they are used to thinking on the abstract non-stop….well, that and the fact that I cant concentrate for beans…and I have the attention span of a gnat. A young, restless, very cranky and foot tapping gnat.

So here I was all ready with my 5 species that are facing extinction (wanna hint?? FROGS. why?? frog leg eating at an all time high– no I am not kidding how wild is that????) But alas, no Kermit-talk today. That is because as I was reeling on the concept that we are consuming frog legs at a more rapid rate than they can reproduce….I started thinking about a different kind of extinction.

This is about the extinction of humanity. I do not mean the human race. I am referring to the instinctual nature of man to care about his fellow man. To care enough to dedicate a portion of your life, your status quo, your desensitized not caring situation, into one where you sacrifice a bit of that comfort zone to become more involved in the planet, and its inhabitants, than you once were.

What made me think of this is actually an episode of the new Rosanne Barr reality show. I guess she lives in Hawaii now and farms and is kind of  a new age hippie. In any case, she just– out of the blue went out and bought this van and told her boyfriend and her son to go pick a bunch of veggies off their farm. She wanted to take them to the poor parts of town and hand them out for free.

A couple of things about this. Hawaii has one of the highest (if not the highest) child abuse rate in the United States. This is because the unemployment rate is astronomical. Things like unemployment contribute greatly to substance abuse and poverty. Ever watch Dog the Bounty Hunter? Pretty much everyone in Hawaii who hasnt scored a gig in the tourist biz is on ICE (super bad form of meth amphetamine). So– trust there are a lot of poor folk. And a lot of children that are not being cared for properly. A lot of people are really jaded about the homeless. I do not think they stop to consider how it would feel to be faced with that adversity themselves. And in this world right now, in America, with this administration, we have never been closer to it being a reality for ANY of us.

Roseanne’s kids were very cynical and discouraging. They told her she needed a vending permit (uhhhh duhhhh not to GIVE STUFF AWAY) and she said ‘This communist/ socialist dictatorship so called ‘America’ isnt gonna tell me I can’t give away free food!!!!’ Man, I loved that. We have actually gotten so poisonous as a society that doing good is viewed with more skepticism that doing bad!! WTF???  Speaking of which, its time for me to return to my worm-work and get my bills paid by prostituting myself to the man. Oh well…..at least I get to! And in a few hours I get to go home. I have a home, which is so much more than many can say. Life is good.

 

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July 29, 2011, 5:55 pm
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And then– life gets in the way
July 1, 2011, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Activism, Uncategorized

I was super excited to share with everyone ‘the BUZZ’ at MonkeyHouse this week, which all revolved around a completely adorable family of raccoons who joined the MonkeyGarm and made a home on our little patch o land. However, and prepare yourself, this will happen often, I became distracted. This is probably a good time to mention that I am a classic text book Gemini– totally dualistic– and both of my heads end up fighting with one another for control most if not all the time. But since I was gonna talk about critters anyway– I have to mention the plight of the Slender Loris.

MonkeyMan and I — well, our lives really do revolve around what is happening– all over the planet. Its easy to become obsessed once you allow your heart and mind to embrace the universe as your HOME. We aren’t unique or singled out or important, we are all as one. And that means we all matter. Now, I really hate to admit that this particular issue did catch my eye today because about one year ago, my husband sent me a picture of a Slender Loris, and after  I asked him if I could HAVE ONE I determined that it could possibly be the most adorable creature EVER. If you do not know what it is, voila:

Ok I am purposefully pulling heartstrings here by showing you the baby. If you want to know more –like what this little guy eats, when he sleeps, etc etc, Google Slender Loris. Otherwise, this is what you need to know. He is virtually extinct. His natural habitat, the Montane Evergreen forest, is depleted to the extent that the forestry his species needs to survive is wiped out. This does not just effect him. There are four other species in grave danger, a leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), the shaggy bear monkey (Trachypithecus vetulus monticola) the Nillu Rat (Rattus Montanus) and the Sri Lanka Spiny Mouse. All that is needed to replenish their habitat are ten acres of new trees. In order to achieve this goal, all that is needed is a whopping $8000 in donated funds.

I feel compelled to throw out there this dilemna, if you care to know more please visit

http://www.edgeofexistence.org/edgeblog/?p=998

EdgeofExistence is a rad blog anyway, thus I definitely recommend gobbling up all the valuable knowledge it offers. I would like to thank you for taking the time to listen to my rant. It’s either here or the Walmart parking lot, and this (hopefully) will not get me arrested. (wordpress rocks!)

I was discussing this issue with a dear friend today, and we were also discussing community. As I have mentioned before this is a huge issue to me. However I feel it is important to take the definition of ‘community’ and expand it to the wider definition of ‘communing’ as CONNECTING. When you commune—you relate—when you relate—you empathize—when you empathize you care – and then….the rest all falls into place.

That is what giving a fig about the Slender Loris means to me. What if we all just…couldn’t help ourselves….from caring about one another? Lets think about community on Independence Day, shall we? heheheheheheheehheheee.

I wish everyone a blessed weekend 🙂