Profoundly Sorry

Lord, I’m profoundly sorry that humanity
has wiped out 60% of animal populations
since 1970 and that means that we are well
on our way (in combination with all our

polluting and global warming) to annihil-
ation of all life and an uninhabitable
earth. I could try to make a defense of
my family’s attempts to conserve, but

I feel they are paltry and only one family
in a world that takes everyone, all families,
all corporations and governments to stop
the destruction and begin the restoration.

I heard a young environmental scientist
tell me on the trails of Arizona that we
are done and that we should just enjoy it
as long as we can. He told me but I didn’t

want to listen. I’m listening now between
the tears. I don’t know how this happened.
Honestly, growing up in the national op-
timism of post WWII America, I thought

everything was great and getting greater.
Sure, I was disillusioned in the 60’s with
war and racism, but I thought peaceful
protest would change all that was wrong

and some progress was made. In the 70’s
we started to hear about the environ-
ment, but I never realized that oil and
gasoline and their by-product plastic,

which meant such progress to our economy
and our joyriding, would turn out to be
a double-edged sword. Now, in light of
all the political chaos, it seems that

is the critical subject as the media
would have us believe, but, in reality,
it is relatively insignificant when
viewed in light of earth’s survival.

As a scientist ominously said, “We
are the first generation to know we
are destroying our planet and the
last one that can do anything about it.”

Kyrie Eleison. Amen.

1 thought on “Profoundly Sorry

  1. Bob, I have also heard that statistic, but I don’t know where it comes from or whether it’s true. I know the Rio Grande Valley has lost 97% of wildlife habitat since 1930, so 60% of wildlife destroyed worldwide is believable.

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