June 12, 2014 by John Crapper
There are lots of important things in this world we tend to take for granted. l To prove my point conduct this little experiment before we go further. Hold your breath for three minutes. Did you try? Can you do it? There is a saying well known to asthma sufferers. “If you can’t breath nothing else matters” Yet, in many ass-backward ways we take the air we breathe for granted. We shouldn’t.
Another thing we take for granted is the arrival of spring. Some years it arrives a little early and some years a little late but we always count on its arrival. We really don’t doubt the trees will bud and the flowers will bloom year in and year out. If it ever didn’t happen due to some environmental imbalance we’d be in deep doo doo in short order.
One more thing we tend to take for granted until we don’t have it is good health. Most of us abuse our bodies daily by the crap we eat and the sedentary lifestyle we choose to lead. Yet we expect our bodies to continue to perform. When they don’t we go to the doc’s office and expect a pill to fix the problem without making any adjustments to our faulty ways.
The water that comes out of our faucets every day is vital to our lives but we tend to ignore its importance and continue to routinely waste and contaminate it. Pretty ass-backward.
Our food supply is also something most of us tend to take for granted. Many of us routinely overeat while millions starve. We waste it; we eat too much and we think very little about how it gets on our plates every day or where it comes from.
We tend to take the energy we use for granted. It all comes from the sun.
But we choose to get it from fossil fuelish sources. And we tend not to think about what it’s doing to our environment, the air we breath, the water we drink and the food we eat.
Each of these items, vital to our lives, we waste, pollute or abuse without much thought or regard for the consequences. Adopting waste-end ass-forward thinking proposed by the Church of the Holy Shitters helps curtail this blind ass-backward thinking. It forces us to appreciate these vital resources. This appreciation is the first step towards their proper use. It is the critical mind set necessary to establish a truly “sustainable” standard of living for us to live by.