Garry is forever telling me that I do make a difference even though I usually can’t see how. But this is actual evidence that I have made a difference to at least one person and hopefully, a few others. The diagnosis that we are killing the world we need to live in is incontrovertible. It’s not a rumor, it’s not fake anything. It’s real and it is happening now.
A year ago, I had dozens of birds. This year, I have half the species of last year. We have southern Eastern Equine Mosquitoes killing people and mindless spraying of poison over our woods. Which quite probably explains why the birds are gone. We’ve lost 30 million birds over the past 10 years and stand to lose at least that many in the next few.
There is a mass extinction in progress — and we are as much on the bloc as the now-defunct Black Rhinoceros. If this scares you, terrifies you, haunts you? Find out more. Tell others. Do everything you can to help save the world we know and love.
This post will contain two subjects that tend to get people riled. The first is religion and the second is climate change or whatever trendy name they’ve slapped on that today.
If either really irritates you to the point of stroking out, please feel free to read no further. It’s okay.
I follow an “LDS” (formerly the Mormons) blog entitled “By Common Consent.” I like it because the hosts allow a variety of opinions and invite some interesting people to write about their experiences. Not all of them could be counted among the ‘faithful’ and some apparently have had negative experiences with the Church. All that is required of the reader of that blog is to be respectful. Regardless of the content of the piece that’s shared. They don’t accept writers who are really far out there, extremists and any kind of hate or bigotry writing (speech). It pays to remember that the blog is LDS based though. Because most of the content is about the LDS Church and beliefs and rites.
The content today was about the testimony. Now I admit that I naively believed that only Mormons bore their testimonies. That it might be an odd concept to the person who isn’t a member. I’ve since revised my thinking to include the fact that everyone (religiously-inclined anyhow) has a testimony and that each religion deals with that idea in its own way. A testimony, in case you don’t know, is (my interpretation, which probably is flawed) the relationship, based in faith, that a person has with God and to a lesser degree, their preferred religion.
In the LDS Church, one gets up (or has the opportunity to do so) once a month in “Fast and Testimony” Meeting and share their testimony. To me personally, it’s an opportunity to talk about how one’s life is blessed by having God in their life or influencing their actions and decisions. A chance to humbly thank God for all the bounty He may have provided to the individual. It’s not about who got married, or had a kid, or went to Bura-Bura on vacation. It’s not for bragging or being entitled or any other close-minded crap that such people tend to think is interesting.
Too often though it is about the latter and not the former. God isn’t thanked at all if He’s thought of. That kind of testimony is one
reason **Koff-koff excuse koff-koff ** that I’m not very active in the church currently. I find the sometimes smug attitude sickening and distracting from why I personally go to church – to improve my relationship with God.
God reminds man though, that we’re not to judge others. We have enough things of our own to worry about (i.e. our own business) without thinking snide things about other people. I sometimes find that hard to do.
Today the woman writing the BCC post asked the rhetorical question: “So tell me – do you think voicing criticism has the potential to damage testimony, and if so, do we have a responsibility toward each other to take care with how we share it?”
I have a huge problem with idiots. I think that’s well documented. And my viewpoint about the question had nothing to do with the author being an idiot. The idiot part comes in from the idea of having politically correct (touchy-feely) censorship of one’s most intimate inner thoughts. Which are what the testimony IS (in my opinion).
But I get why she asked the question too. There are people in the LDS Church who view testimony meeting as a chance to air every slight and grievance they ever had, real or imagined. To be acid-tongued and sharp with those in alleged authority with whom they take exception. To belittle others. To me? That’s not a testimony, that’s bile – regurgitated. So sit down and shut up and don’t blast a spiritual event with garbage.
I asked a question today on SYW about where the line is drawn between honest debate and hate speech (verbal bullying). I’m interested to see what people say about that too. Where do we stop being overly sensitive and start with real disagreement with someone’s harsh words? Is that censorship too?
As a good blogging buddy used to write: “No answers here…”
The second part of this post is about a personal terror. The very idea scares the crap out of me and keeps me awake nights. Wakes me up in a cold sweat. I’ve heard a huge variety of opinion on climate change and what that is going to mean to the world I once knew (because she’s a’changin’ and she ain’t gonna be the same).
The video clip I shared is about 5 minutes and the fellow speaking is a sensible person (IMHO) who has a realistic manner and speech. What he said in this video clip scared me silly. He wasn’t even trying to frighten. He was stating facts, backed up by scientists and really incredibly smart people (well, presumably). I don’t know who Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even is, never heard of her before today. Another benefit (I suspect) of living a largely mushroom life. I don’t CARE who she is just to be clear. Don’t let the title of the video mislead you. But be prepared for a shock.
Judy Dykstra-Brown is the one who brought the blog and video clip to my attention. I’m not sure whether to be grateful or horrified that what I’ve thought for a lot of years now is coming true. And that right soon. Dang.
One of the points made in the video has been supported (unwittingly) by Marilyn of Serendipity and her blogs over the summer about the mosquito problems in her area.
The things talked about in that video are real. As Beau says “It’s not fake science and it’s not fake news. It simply IS.”
How these two subjects overlap in one sense is that the LDS Church has cautioned its members for YEARS (longer than I’ve been alive) to start saving at least seven years’ worth of food, and obviously water. Mormons have been ridiculed and poked fun at for being “dooms-dayers” and weird because they allegedly stockpile that way. Well, who is laughing NOW?
This ought to cover my posts on Pet Peeve Monday – even though it’s not a pet peeve, it’s quickly becoming part of my social phobia/anxiety disorder.
Also, this post might fit into the 31 Days of October Challenge. If the material shared isn’t a horror story, I don’t know what might be.
Can we stop the world long enough for me to get off? I think I’ve had enough of this particular Tunnel of Terror ride.