DAILY PROMPT: Everything Changes
Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe this experience.
So we are traveling to La La Land. The kinds of paper I can imagine changing my life are not very good. The pink slip with the words “Your Fired”, the parking ticket with the 10,000 dollar fine. The piece of paper that causes you to fall over into the street and get hit by a car. The envelope with drug money that causes you to get arrested and sent to jail for drug dealing.
Good news doesn’t happen with a note in the street. But if it did, I would like to see something about almost all of the congressional leadership in Washington being replaced by people who know what life of an average person is like; understand what living a couple paychecks from the edge means in terms of security; and think that most people are smart enough to make good decisions for themselves with a little bit of social support.
I know stories abound with good things happening. But I don’t feel like good things this morning. After all, the news doesn’t help. Bob just read me a comment from the NY times about climate change. “where would we be now if God had approaced the GOP about the coming flood, and not Noah”. It is actually a funny picture to imagine. I mean who knows if God looks like a human or a rat from the sewer? Why can’t he be a big blue ball that floats in front of a person and speaks through claps of thunder?
But let’s say our congress had listened to the big blue ball. We might have a vibrant industry making boats and developing plans for moving millions of people to higher ground. Like 200 feet above the current sea level. We might be supporting birth control and sensible population growth in an effort to manage small land masses in the next couple hundred years. We might be funding research in sciences like geology, meterology, and social science on how to deal with the changing landscape. We would have public health that focused on the basics and put research into the new diseases that can’t even be imagined at this time. We might be funding libraries and schools instead of guns.
Unfortunately most in the congress are not that forward looking. Of the 246 republican congressment, only 8 or 9 of them have even admitted to the possiblity of human caused climate change. The rest deny that, leaving us in the same place we are now, waiting for the Antarctic and Greenland icesheets to melt. Noah was actually willing to listen unlike our great cast of characters. Our politicians make me ashamed to be an american. They want a theocracy with laws almost as bad as Sharia. They want women to go back in time and be the lovely little ladies that defer all decisions to the big strong men. No thank you. I like being a strong independent woman with a good partner.
Another great headline from NY times “Controversial experiment sees no evidence that the Universe is a hologram”. Don’t even know what that means. But if that means we get to visit the Star Trek holograms – I want to be part of that universe. A letter letting me go play in any imaginable universe while traveling on a spaceship with great companions and lots of fascinating new things to learn. That would be fun.
Charlie says enough writing. He’s got more important things to do like writing a response to Sophia. “Sophia, I’m not threatened by your claims of wimpiness. You don’t know how to enjoy yourself. It’s good to relax. Bob’s arms are warm. He scratches under my chin. And he feeds me all kinds of great snacks. You just need to learn to chill out.”