Real men don’t read advertising supplements

I went to my favorite diner for breakfast yesterday. Out front sat two police cars, engines running, while four cops sat inside eating breakfast. Opening my newspaper at the counter I found yet a second newspaper’s worth of advertising inserts. I don’t know how much gas an idling squad car burns in 45 minutes, or how many trees get pulped to make newspaper supplements (which I never read), but both situations are repeated citywide, and in cities nationwide. You’d never know we’re running out of oil, trees and other natural resources.

I asked all my friends to forward their thoughts on the impending shortage of natural resources. Their three responses are below.

Diane Tucker, a US-born attorney who emigrated to British Columbia and re-established herself professionally, responded: “How does one decide if, A) Life as we know it is about to change apocalyptically; or, B) This is the environmental equivalent of Y2K?”

Frank Paolo, creator of the blog, Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion, said, “America: we will NEVER again have cheap gasoline and heating fuel. GET USED TO IT and STOP SNIVELING! We are still the only country in the world where the poor have color television sets and cable. FOR CHRISSAKES – if you can’t appreciate what we have, at least be thankful we don’t get what we deserve.”

William Nowik, a musician/artist/dharma bum/cowboy Buddhist who has lived, labored and performed in emerging and Third World countries, like Afhganistan, replied: “We Americans should understand we don’t live in a country, we live on a planet,” referring to our head-in-the-sand national self-interest.

I personally think it’s time we take a good hard look at our unchecked consumer mentality. Maybe you have your own thoughts.

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2 Comments on “Real men don’t read advertising supplements”

  1. Jen Says:

    I agree with your friends’ about our need to use less but I believe that we as a people have lost our direction by trying to cling to the old way of doing things. Oil may be gone. As a people we’ve made our successes by being creative and looking forward. We see where we want to go or a need we have and then find a means (scientific or natural) to get there. Sometimes it is old knowledge not new knowledge that we need to re-find.
    Bio-diesal was a good road to wander down. It may be a dead end but we have learned a lot by traversing it. People are talking about nuclear power again. Not my favorite but perhaps we need to learn after fifty years how to neutralize it’s radio-active life so it doesn’t kill the fish in the Columbia river or cause multiple cancers in nearby people and animals. And maybe this knowledge would stop us from destroying life on earth in case of a catrascopic war. Every choice has consequences. I heard Madeline Albright speak one time on decisions. Hers were focussed on international policy but I think what she said applies universally. Decisions need to be made. Studied decisions are the best, but every decision no matter how planned has unexpected consequences. Some of the consequences could be quite good. Or otherwise.

  2. ClaudesMom Says:

    I love your term ” cowboy Buddhist”!!! Excellent. Would you rather be a cowboy Buddhist or a Buddhist cowboy. I like cowboy Buddhist better. that has made my day.

    Ah the world is changing — that is a fact. The arctic is melting – no one can deny that. We humans contribute to changes on this planet — anyone who denies that has a few brain cells loose.

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