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Taken for granted

Updated: Jun 3

What quote am I vibing?  “Mere existence is already the result of incredible luck. Such was the case on Earth in the past, and such has always been the case in this cruel universe. But at some point, humanity began to develop the illusion that they're entitled to life, that life can be taken for granted." Liu Cixin, from Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past, # 3)

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild since Last Post: 32

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild in 2024: 216

All-Time Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild: 3,948

Lately I have been reading and watching a lot of sci-fi - living in future worlds where humanity has to find homes other than Earth. It makes me appreciate even more what we have here. Air to breathe, plants that just - grow, Sun that gives us energy and boosts our serotonin.

It is confounding to me that some of us look to the stars for salvation, rather than seek to preserve what we have here on Earth. To me, it seems simple to take less, give more, and focus on each other and the well-being of all life. I do wonder it it's possible for a widespread change in the way we exist to occur naturally. There is another quote from Liu Cixin's first book, The Three Body Problem - "it was impossible to expect a moral awakening from humankind itself, just like it was impossible to expect humans to lift off the earth by pulling up on their own hair. To achieve moral awakening required a force outside the human race."

Certainly, there must be a way forward that is less dramatic than that ----- I hope.

April 18. Idlewild. 8 pounds.

April 22. Idlewild. 7 pounds.

April 24. Idlewild. 1 pound.

May 8. Idlewild. 4 pounds.

May 18. Idlewild. 4 pounds.

May 26. Idlewild. 5 pounds.

May 27. Idlewild. 3 pounds.

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