Aw man. I am sick sick. A Thanksgiving gift from the family. Sucks. I came home early from work today so I could sleep it off. I feel like I need another day. You ever lay around so much that your back starts to hurt? I’m looking forward to the turnaround.
Do you consider yourself environmentally savvy? Do you try to minimize your footprint, as they say? I have to admit that I don’t put much effort into it. It’s not because I don’t care. I do, but I haven’t changed my driving habits and I don’t go too far out of my way to minimize … uh … stuff. I drive to the metro station. I could take the bus but man. I really don’t like buses and it would take twice as long and blah blah blah.
By the same token, I don’t litter and have a lot of respect for nature and animals. It pisses me off to see people pollute. Like the guy walking to the metro train from the park and ride who was talking on his bluetooth headset, finished his Starbucks drink, and threw the cup into a storm drain. Grrrrr. And there’s a trash can right at the exit of the lot and trash cans around and in the station. You know?
The Potomac River is not your personal friggin‘ waste bin. Ass.
I’d like to drive a hybrid (that’s versatile and rugged enough for the best and worst of weather conditions) but that extra $5,000 or so. Eh. Like I said. Priorities.
So I’m reading the news and I read this on FoxNews.com. Granted, it’s news that’s salacious and outrageous, but this one hooked me. What can I say.
Toni Vernelli, 35, hopes her actions would ensure her carbon footprint would be kept to a minimum, the Mail reported. The environmental advocate also sees having children as an egotistical act.
“Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet,” Vernelli told the Mail, adding she believes bringing new life into the world only adds to the problem.
Another woman, 31-year-old Sara Irving, also underwent sterilization because she felt “a baby would pollute the planet.”
Irving became an environmentalist as a teenager when she realized saving the environment was her top and foremost priority in life, the Mail reported. After going through several boyfriends she finally found her now husband Mark Hudson who shares in her ‘no kid’s policy.’
I’m going to keep my wits about me and not jump to reactionary conclusions. I’m not going to say that anyone said that babies are pollution. I’m not going there. I’m going here. It sounds strangely like religious doctrine, doesn’t it? Eco-religion. A dogmatic extreme. Reproductive, though not sexual, abstinence. These women are eco-nuns.
My mind naturally extrapolates these kinds of things.
Like, if this catches on all it will accomplish is to ensure that the people who strongly believe in protecting and conserving the environment, the most ecologically and socially aware (correlating to the most educated), will (un)breed themselves out of existence. Oops. And I mean that sociologically — the values of class and culture — more than genetically. Watch the first five to ten minutes of “Idiocracy” if you get a chance. Brilliant.
So I’m looking at it inversely. She says it’s selfish to have a child because of the resource footprint. I say, for the sake of this blog entry, it’s selfish to sterilize yourself and not contribute to the gene pool and raise ecologically aware children. Then again…. I’m on shaky ground here, I know. But really, how far do you take it? Adults will pollute more than a baby will (babies don’t drive Hummers or buy McMansions or flush toilets or buy incandescent light bulbs), so if you’re that serious about it why just get sterilized? Why not kill yourself? For the planet’s sake. I know it’s kind of silly for me to take it that far but, you know, eventually someone will take it that far. Green suicide clubs?
Gotta love people. They are people. So why should it be. You and I should get along so aw-fully. Bum bum boom.
BOGGLING THE MIND
On one level, I analyze the folks mentioned in the article. Altruistic eco–warriors? Or trend hopping hipster douchebags? Or … something in between? If you don’t want to have kids, that’s perfectly fine. I would say, however, that making a permanent decision about it when you’re young is a bad idea. The difference between 35 and 25 years of age is like the difference between 25 and 15 years of age. You’ll see life, want things out of life and contribute to life differently in a few years. Gotta allow for your own personal evolution, I say.
[News reporter on the scene]
“It’s the new sensation that’s sweeping the nation! Conjoining! The new fad that lets young couples in love surgically attach themselves to their sweethearts. Literally, they’ll share the same heart. Let’s see what this young lady has to say.”
[Young woman at Conjoin Co. facilities]
“We just love each other so much. We said we complete each other so why not really complete each other! BFF! BBFF! LOL! Our parents don’t approve but they’ve got tattoos ‘n stuff from when they were dating. Such hypocrites. Gawwwh”
[News reporter on the scene]
“Back to you, Tom.”
What was I saying? Oh yeh. Not wanting to have kids is fine. It’s a huge responsibility, a lot of work and expensive. The thought is daunting and scary.
Besides, for every self-centered yuppie/slacker out there who’s delaying or totally avoiding reproducing because they want to stand on the highest elevation in every U.S. state before they retire or pursue their geocaching hobby full time, there are plenty of poor people who will happily crank out four or five malnourished and neglected children. No worries.
Anyway, you can always will your estate to a worthy, environmentally friendly cause run by your aging, childless comrades. Ha, that’s acerbic. One can always adopt. Do you think the women mentioned in the article plan on adopting some day? That would be especially gracious. Create one less mouth to feed while feeding another mouth? Hmmm.
And to all my self-centered yuppie/slacker friends, please don’t be offended. I am one of you even though I’m using the term “self-centered’ in a two-edged way. There’s plenty of sweat lodges, traveling, yoga, triathlons, coffee pooped out by civets, bungee jumping and other life-affirmation to be pursued as you try to get a grip on your being here whether it’s self-centered or center-seeking. Whatever that’s supposed to mean.
I’d like to know what you think. I’ve got a lot of socially conscious friends. What say you.
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