16 May 2008
As a pagan, like many, I feel that caring for the Earth and its critters and atmosphere is just as important, if not more so, than taking care of each other. And I don't just feel this way because without the Earth we'd be wiped out but because our home planet deserves it. The Earth deserves our respect and reverence. I feel that honoring the Earth, and doing everything to preserve it, is integral to being a pagan. Ours in an Earth-based type of religion. You can't worship the old gods and help bring on springtime while living like an irresponsible lump. And I don't buy all that crap about recycling and reusing being too much work and too time consuming. If you really care you'd make the time and make the work a priority and be glad to do it even when you're tired. I imagine some people would call me irrational because when I see someone litter I literally become enraged. I quell it, I control it by not screaming at the offender but I don't let it slide. There are places for trash and cigarette butts; they're called trash cans and ashtrays. The ground is not a trashcan nor an ashtray. The creek is not your personal dump site; it is home to a myriad of creatures that can live quite happily without your refuse clogging up their habitat. It seems pretty straightforward and easy; even children understand basic things like that. But some people insist on throwing their trash upon the ground as some sort of declaration that they have mastered the planet. Well, guess what buddy? Your littering can in no way stand up to a tornado. You are powerless against the might of the planet so get over yourself, grow up, show some respect and use the trashcan like all the other kids on this playground. Even if you don't live greenly can't you at least agree that minimizing and then organizing your trash would make life a lot more pleasant? Even if the environment is fine and the ozone layer is okey dokey that doesn't mean we have to live like pigs in our own filth does it?