Good morning, World
This is about letters. I got a beautiful card from someone in my life that is a quote from Loren Eiseley. Here is the quote: there is magic on this planet/it is contained in water.
It’s been coming up water for me in so many ways, since. One is the question of the safety of light water nuclear power plants. They were among the first, and apparently sometimes it is easier to go with what is already established as opposed to working hard to find a better alternative, particularly due to the danger of quakes, as happening recently, so tragically, in Japan. I am by no means an expert in nuclear, so I could be, wrong about this.
I am about to attend a class on Africa in the news and so I have been reading about RED, the organization begun by Bono, of U2, the wonderful music group. RED is about the targeting of the public towards products such as sneakers, and other items that will bring, monies into Africa to help those in need of medications for HIV. It is an organization that is very promising, because it seems consumers, are easier in terms of giving, when they “get” back. I am “pro bono“, and all the meanings of his name do arise for me.
So, I am about to leave for my class when I see a bag, just brought back by my husband, who returned form a trip, and the bag says ONE difference, and so I look this up, and it’s an organization I didn’t know, that is working to provide water projects, HIV projects, changing the lives of countless Africans in the poorest of rural areas. How serendipitous to find this, NOW, before going to my class.
This isn’t all. There is always MORE, and I cannot frankly, record everything that is following a straight line of connects in this, small life. I got on line, right after this, an appeal from CREDO, an environmental organization, to add commentary about the dumping of pollutants into our water supply, such as mercury, arsenic, dioxins, and other toxic industrial waster. How upsetting we actually need such petitions to change hearts, and minds. And so I did. And I wrote the following and then sent it on to several friends. It’s what I can do. I do believe in the Power of One. And so should you. U2
Yes, stop mercury, arsenic and lead contamination! Hermes, known as the Roman Mercury, was the Greek God, the messenger God in Greek mythology. I have recently taught the legacy of the Greeks. I also know that Cassandra was the prophetess of doom, and that she was so right about everything, but her curse was to be unheard, and so she spoke and must have anguished to know people would die if they did not heed her words. And yes, they went unheeded.
I am saying something, and others like me are saying the same thing, and that is, we need to stop poisoning our environment, and these words will stand on record, that I said them, that others did too, who are as concerned about the environment as I am. A “growing” concern.
I am using my skills in language, as Messenger, to point out that everything has a plus and a minus side in life, and that Mercury is dangerous, when allowed to be dumped freely, along with the poisons, arsenic, lead, and dioxin, into our water supply.
Water is the Source of LIFE, and it can also be the source of what is most deadly for us all, if we do not attend to the purity of these precious drops, that are desperately needed for the survival of this, our most beautiful, planet.
I watched Invictus the other night, about Nelson Mandela, about his beauty of soul, about the Spring Boks, about soccer, the World Cup. It’s a great movie, about SOUL. The title comes from a most beautiful poem by Henley. That poem reverberates through the movie.
I am aware of another Spring, and its approach. And, since I am following a “language based story“, I hope that I am, unlike Cassandra, being heard, or will be, and as heard is to herd, perhaps we can all of us, get into concert, meaning concerted effort, in saving the world. How hard is this? I think it’s about TIME, to echo the very lovely words on an exhibit at the recent New England Garden Show.
Music: Cold Play Glass of Water
simply and all ways, ruth