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You’re damned if you do…

In Essays, The Daily Drool on April 24, 2010 at 10:24 am

Alright, time for another Volcano post… because now the blame game begins.

Look, I’m all about pro-active discussion “What did we do right?  What could we have done better?”  But inevitably, whenever a disaster strikes, what happens is that everyone starts blaming everyone else and nothing productive comes of it.

In this AP article:

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson (A true capitalist) has labeled as unnecessary the Europe-wide ban on flights prompted by concerns the volcanic ash could cause problems with airliner engines.

“A blanket ban of the whole of Europe was not the right decision,” Branson said. “Planes have to put up with sandstorms in Africa, the engines are designed to put up with a lot more than existed.”

I imagine, had they NOT instituted a Europe-wide band and had there been any problems, Mr. Branson would still be pointing those angry fingers but with very different words.

Because people are the masters of “Blame”-  we love to shell it out and hate to have it shelled out upon us.

Think about it… when’s the last time you found yourself the guilty party?  Did you accept the blame or shirk it?  Try to justify it with some long-winded rationalization?  Do you ever find yourself issuing an “Well, I’m sorry, but-”

Why is it so hard to stand in front of a catastrophe and accept responsibility?

Why is equally difficult to stand before something terrible, something beyond human blame, and not have someone to burn at the stake?

Because we are obsessed with and terrified by power- the power we have, the power we want, and the power that eludes us.

The world will continue turning, that volcano will continue burning, and the airliners will try to wring as much money out of this as they possibly can.  The EU will stand behind their decision to close the skies (and they SHOULD), and weary travelers the world over will pay the price as the bickering and blaming goes on and on and on…

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Things just keep getting crazier…

In The Daily Drool on April 19, 2010 at 10:36 am

Look, I want to talk about people – and how they kind of suck.

There’s a freakin’ volcano erupting in Iceland, and stranded passengers are protesting at airport counters. PROTESTING WHAT?

Sure, this is inconvenient, and expensive, and everyone needing to travel by air/working in the air travel industry in Europe is getting screwed.  But there’s nothing to be done about it, so just bend over and shut the hell up.

People get angry and feel the need to rant and rave over things.  They pile up their baggage and start throwing tantrums, because it makes them feel (for the moment anyway) that they are doing something.  “I’m upset!  Look at me be upset!  Adopt my upset and call it something else- call it, responsibility.  Let that fester and then hand me something out of guilt/annoyance/or just-for-some-peace-and-quiet,for-the-love-of-GOD… because that’s what I want.  I want YOU to soothe my upset, you volcano-creating air-travel evil mastermind!”

But people don’t like to surrender.  They don’t like to feel at the whim of any force.  And they hate, HATE, HATE to lose money.

So the airlines are asking for handouts because they can’t fly and they’re blaming the EU for not having some sort of contingency plan in place to make un-healthy skies flyable, and I’m sitting here thinking to myself “Gee, people are really dumb.  It’s a GODDAMNED VOLCANO, in ICELAND, and why is it the EU’s job to reimburse the airplane industry for that?  Why do ticket agents need to be assaulted by protesting travelers? ”

The answer is that people are selfish and globally ignorant- we pay attention to ourselves first and foremost and get angry when we can’t have our way.  We think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures, yet we are prone to the madness of mob-mentality at practically every turn, bludgeon each other to death over things like what name we should pray to, and proclaim promiscuity causes natural disasters.

People. Are. Stupid.

And the sooner we just own up to it, the sooner we stop carrying ourselves around this planet like demi-Gods, the better off we’ll all be.

When Mother Nature Steps In

In The Daily Drool on April 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

A lot of excitement has been bubbling in my imaginative mind over the implications of the Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAH’-plah-yer-kuh-duhl).  I’ve been reading about it all day long, totally transfixed.  But not until this article did I have anything to say beyond a massive “Wow!”

Basically, it’s an article about eeryone’s worries – worries about travel, worries about politics, about health, about “WHAT THIS MEANS!” for all of the minutia we humans orbit… and as I was reading it, I just found myself muttering (yes, muttering like a crazy person) “You can’t control this! So how about a little awe and respect”

I mean, here are masses of people at the mercy of a force waaaay beyond our influence – isn’t there a kind of beauty in being forced to press pause for a moment?  No guilty “Gee, I should really be doing x,y,z” because, guess what, A FRIGGIN VOLCANO HAS YOU GROUNDED!  How about enjoying the divine peace of being in the same boat of collective suspension…

All work and no play makes Atlas a grumpy Titan!

We spend so much time thinking that we have all this power, that we have so much under our control- when it’s really all just an illusion cooked up by the Ego.  All we really have control over are our decisions.  The actual outcomes of the choices we make and the behavior of others or of the planet… all of this is out of our hands.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to stop playing Atlas, and just carry what we can actually manage for a change?

But there are a whole host of people out there stamping their feet in frustration… frustration with the force of nature.

I don’t know about you, but that seems like a waste of time to me.

My friend Lara put it this way –

…a couple centuries ago, hundreds of ppl would have died, a god would have been named Eyjafjallajökull, bards would have sung songs, while children quivered at the thought. Have we really come that far? Do we really think we’re in control? Please; a little respect and awe at least!

Yes, the volcano bards, the glacier priests, dancing in the ice and ash… these are my people – those who are watching in awe and splendor.  People hearing the Earth roar with fiery, gaseous glory- You are infinitesimal by comparison !  All your piss and vinegar are but fists in the face of my hurricanes.  Write me a song!  Set down that pillar and dance.