January 29, 2006
quote of the day
"We grew up with two things pounded into our brains from the day we were born. One is, God loves ya and he's gonna send ya to hell. The other is that sex is dirty and evil and nasty and filthy and sinful and bad and awful and you should save it for the one you love. So it's no wonder we were all schizoid maniacs." --Butch Hancock
I shamelessly lifted that quote from here, because it explains my attitude about a lot of things. I believe that I think too much, because I have trouble swallowing "conventional wisdom" when it doesn't make any sense to me. I know that I'm supposed to mindlessly accept certain concepts just because "smart" people do, but some of that stuff sticks in my craw and refuses to go down.
A few years ago, I watched some kind of environmental demonstration on the local news. The Gaia-worshipping, save-the-planet crowd staged a walk down a nature trail on Skidaway Island, supposedly to bathe themselves in the holy glow found in pristine, fragile, delicate ecosystems that swinely Man was bound to destroy if he weren't stopped NOW.
The dedicated tree-huggers arrived on Skidaway Island in gas-guzzling, air conditioned SUVs and smeared themselves with mosquito repellant before they began their walk down an asphalt-paved path in their sweatshop-manufactured Nike shoes. Watching this affair, I was confused. If those people were so got-damn concerned about the environment, why didn't they walk or ride bicycles instead of DRIVING to the demonstration?
Aren't mosquitos part of nature? If you really appreciate the glories of a pristine planet, ditch the Deet and give some blood. If you pick up a case of West Nile Virus or encephalitus, it's only natural. And what's up with the designer shoes and the petroleum-based, asphalt walking path? What a waste of our precious natural resources! Go BAREFOOT and get off the pavement if you really want to commune with Gaia. Digging sand spurs and briars out of your feet is a FINE way to become one with the natural environment. While you're appreciating the planet, get rid of that bottled water in the plastic, never-decay containers and go suck out of that natural mud puddle in yonder delicate wetlands.
Walk the walk if you're gonna talk the talk. Don't act like a schizoid maniac. Otherwise, I might conclude that only one thing really is natural about you.
You are naturally full of shit.
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