Portly Natduck and a Slice of Huckabee Pie in the Age of Catastrophe

Nothing like a good rattling to shake everyone back into focusing on how very little control we have over our dominion.  My money’s on every mother’s duck to pull us all through anything nature or knuckleheads can hurl our way.

I’m only 60 years old, and I swear weather’s changed from when I was a child.  This is not an older-middle-age-rambling.  It’s not even a memory lapse.  It’s a purely unscientific, completely-inaccurate, gut-checked personal observation.  Weather, takes-on patterns and trends.  Politicians, on the other hand never change.  But know in your heart they’ll all deteriorate at the same rate of speed as the rest of us when the planet disintegrates. 

The only reason we’ve made it this far along in history is in large part due to our mothers – ‘wed’ or ‘un‘…  Sheltered by Mother Earth, or, if you will, Father Forrest.

I consider the environment to be the single most important issue in my worldview.  Your opinion is your own.  Life depends on the environment.  Nothing remains of the continuousness of our world without it.  Wars unfavorably impact the environment, as do corporations with unvarnished alliances forged to influence our health and well-being – in an unholy trade-off for short-term profit.  The Catholics aren’t helping-much in their crusade to over-populate the globe with baptisms.  (…and I wonder how far the Mormon database has progressed to include Asian, African and Native American family trees…intercontinentally speaking?  As in worldwide…  Why exactly do they bother?) 

Genealogy notwithstanding, in a perfect world, I’d prefer no mother be put in a position to go-it alone.  But go-it alone they do.  They’ve been doing it from the beginning of time.  We owe those timeless women the dignity to make their own choices by their own guidance as they‘ve done since before the dawn of written records.  Every mother hopes for the betterment of her child in comparison to her life’s own.  Natalie Portman’s baby will be fine regardless which republican presidential ‘flavor-of-the-week’ makes ‘hay’ of her decision.

But who takes care of the rest of us?  There are tsunami’s out there of all descriptions. We’re left to take care of ourselves, equipped to so do or not.  In the steps leading to the advent of parental organizations including governments, monarchies, dictatorships, empires (crumbling or otherwise) the Kiwanis, the Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, or the Rosicrucian’s…came unions.

Unions are a parental substitute, and were formed in America to assure workers a leg-up toward leveling the playing-field against powerful and controlling financial interests to end the ugly practices which historically proceeded:  i.e. Slavery – indentured servitude – child-labor – sweat-shops – human rights violations and other burdens of the human body and soul.  Sadly, none of those atrocities were ever changed, let alone eradicated – they were merely transported overseas, out-of-sight and out-of-mind – swept under the rug with cheap goods to a consumer-based economy at the cost of America’s middle-class.  And at the consternation of helpless mothers worldwide.

Yo there, privileged white republican Christians – Mary was an unwed mother on a mule.  What does that tell you?  That charity begins at your second vacation home…?

We’ll give Mary the ‘teen-fibber’ benefit of the doubt.  She kept the baby and had the surrogate-father teach the boy a trade to become a carpenter, so he could die on an inferior piece of wooden joinery as punishment for his own heartfelt beliefs for which I harbor no criticism.  This observation is not tainted with irony  – it’s ironic without my input.  With the ’advent’ of Easter in mind – that part of the Christ story I’ve always found enormously compelling.  I regard all crucifixions, as moving and disturbing.  Historically speaking, Christ’s crucifixion is the micro/telescopic lens through which an ancient, perpetual daily occurrence was personalized – within the known-world by focusing by example on one man who stood for the many during the ancient Roman conquests.  Later convoluted throughout history following a path that Christ, himself would find incongruous to his teachings. 

History took a sharp forked-turn based on the path Christ forged, inadequately documented and edited via word-of-mouth through individuals and their own interpretations of His beliefs over time, as witnessed by friends and confidants including his mother, like a 2011 year old game of ‘whisper-down the barrel.’  In the spirit of bipartisanship I declare Her virtue as immaterial.  I’m not buying it personally, but let’s not go there.   Momma Mary doesn’t get to write her own synapses – ‘The Gospel According to Mother Mary.’ with the bones of HER core beliefs as the essential focus.  When Mary and Joseph stopped at the ‘Rodeo Drive Motor Lodge’ on their way to Bethlehem the planet on which they were treading, was not yet over-populated with more human-beings than the world could either support or feed.  Which is not to say people weren’t hungry, Roman greed already had the corner on the market of available goods.  Now we have a starving population, everything’s owned by the best liars, and there are too damned many people crawling on the earth.  We are looking at the prospect of worldwide famine within 40 years.  Optimistically speaking.

What do we do with a predicament like this…?

The correct answer is NOT to kill anyone.  Including abortion providers.  The answer is to stop over-populating with miniature replicas of ourselves who occur as a result of recreational-sex without a moment of forethought or reflection.  And for those who do have babies for whatever motive, fight like your lives depend on it to save the world those children will inherit.

If you’re gay, adopt or merely don’t propagate. 

Human beings kill-off everything in their path with perfunctory precision.  We consume it all like larva on leaves.  The very least we can do as a thinking, evolved species would be to curb our OWN species’ population.  If we ARE a thinking, evolved species…  Start by distributing condoms.  Ignore Pope Benedicthead XVI, and leaflet the ENTIRE globe with prophylactics and illustrated instructions.  As for abortion, while not the preferred method of predetermination, it’s the mother’s choice alone.  End of story.

Anti-abortionists are like animal-advocates forming well-intentioned feral-cat colonies in the migration path of an endangered species.  We, however are the endangered species — but not from predators, as much as by merit of our own over-population.  We are our own cruel predator.  We can – NONE OF US – cling to life forever.  Neither dictator, degenerate nor demigod — all things meet their maker — regardless to which deity or lack thereof to whom one intercedes for mercy.  Take matters into your own hands and get-off without knocking anybody-up.

Take the commonsense precaution for those who follow us, knowing life is cruel.  Spare the hopeless among us the misery of a life without opportunity by preaching safe-sex worldwide.  We are a smart enough animal to know when it’s time to trim our own branches BEFORE they sprout – and conduct it so without cruelty.

I think the bible needs a 3rd Testament.  One that’s based on FACTUAL unbiased historical records, science and spirituality – NOT myths and fairy-tales.  A testament worthy of taking responsibility for learning from humankind’s past errors – and NOT ignoring or glossing them under the fearful guise of conservatism.  Progress can mean standing-still if one is moving in the wrong direction.  It can mean moving forward, backward, left or right to avoid a boulder splitting your skull.  Now is the time to progress forward – away from mythological superstitions and turn left whilst in thy right mind.

I have so many friends with young children.  I’d like their children’s world avoid the ‘Orwellian/H.G Wells’ fault-line on which we precariously now teeter.  That’s why it makes sense to focus on paths that don’t lead to our own destruction like religious zealots rushing toward rapture in an effort to fulfill their own most dreaded fears.  Take care of our PLANET and our future, and our economy and survival will take care of itself.

Sometimes I wonder if maybe humans have a collective, morbid curiosity to see how far we can push things before we collectively break everything.  Like spoiled children with too many toys we take our world for granted.  Our species devours and steals everything while justifying our behavior.  We are the only species on the planet who has a clear vision into our possible future, and the least likely to take responsibility for it.

Question:  Are we equal to our challenge to be the first species to embrace the collective maternal within us all?

Answer:  It’s up to you – but regardless, it will fall on the shoulders of mothers themselves.

12 thoughts on “Portly Natduck and a Slice of Huckabee Pie in the Age of Catastrophe

  1. well said as usual, b.w.

    tomorrow my typist goes to a march and rally to save texas schools. governor goodhair campaigned on a supposed surplus, yet now his solution to the massive budget shortfall is to close texas schools, lay off teachers, and increase classroom size. we already rank 47th in education, but i guess perry wants us to be 50th.

    keep in mind while all these cuts to education are being made, the texas house has passed a voter i.d. bill (can you say 'disenfranchisement'?) that requires people to present a photo i.d. in addition to their voter registration card, as well as a sonogram bill that requires pregnant women seeking abortions to view a sonogram of the fetus and then wait a certain number of hours before they can have the procedure. so much for priorities. save the fetus, screw the children.

  2. Texas makes me crazy – I don't know how you do it, save the plentiful sunny days. I can't believe the state that ranks 47th in education controls the historical textbooks from which American children learn. As for the voting and abortion provisions, why am I now surprised?!!!

  3. If you want food for thought, try this:
    It's from the March 3 2011 Time magazine and tells how the politicians, Ratpublican't and Dumbocrap are BOTH on the wrong path, talking about funding/budget cuts to the LEAST financed parts of the Federal budget. The Ratpublican'ts are talking cutting funding to programs with so little funding that it won't help the budget but WILL screw the future of the country. I'm talking education, infrastructure, environment, etc. However the big money is where it is because there is a PATCO or lobbyist to get the money. Now I'm talking military, oil, P*O*R*K and other special interests. The money is protected because there is someone standing in the way of cutting the true waste, and demanding that the wasteful programs get more money, while there is nothing left for the social programs that if you stand up for, you get called socialist or un-patriotic or a thug. SO politicians cut what is not protected because nobody speaks for it. And now the underfunded like the EPA stand to lose even more of what they don't have because it's easy. America has a track record of doing the easy until its back is against the wall, but this time we ARE against the wall, and nobody sees the wall. My grandfather taught me that if you want something fixed you have to fix it yourself. This includes America. WE need to be lobbying for what America needs. That included rational birth control, environmental protection, healthy foods, and fiscal responsibility.
    This will be all co-opted for further comment by my cat, Shadow over at http://cat-of-politics.blogspot.com/
    I'll leave it here to say that Beihl, you are a sage of the modern age, and people need to start listening.

  4. Yes, as promised I stole my typists works lock, stock, and barrel and added much to it over at http://cat-of-politics.blogspot.com/ where I rant my fur off.
    Remember the biggest, meanest unwed mother of all time, MOTHER NATURE, and between Sendai and Christchurch, she sounds mighty pissed off. Maybe people had damn well better start listening?
    If we won't listen to Mother Nature, maybe next closest thing we can do is listen to Bill, Duck and any other sentient being that luck throws in our way. Maybe then we can avoid catastrophe. I'm going to bed now, I need a cat nap.

  5. I see organized religion as the single biggest stumbling-block to world sanity. People want the unexplainable explained so they trot out the same old mythology and fully ignore both science and common sense – to our ultimate undoing. Bravo to my commenters.

  6. As usual, dear brother, you've said it all so very well. There's nothing I can add. You, Winnie, Duck, Duck's typist, Mark & Shadow Cat are all correct. Mother Nature will, as always, have the last word.

  7. She is STILL having her say in Japan this week. I usually have little sympathy for that culture, but this week I do.
    And Beihl I think not just organized religion, but entrenched politics and/or bureaucracy will be the undoing of all civilization.

  8. Organized religion feeds into & off of entrenched politics throughout the world. They are both "political." Organized religion is run by "politicians" called "priests" or "mullahs" or "rabis" or "monks" or whatever. They just don't have to get "elected" by the masses & cannot be recalled at the ballot box. They rise to "power" in a permutation of the way in which dictators rise to power in the political arena.

  9. And both have risen to a level of stupidity, greed, duplicity and selfishness that has pissed me off. There has GOT to be a way to get rid of them for good.

  10. Well, the apparent rise of extremism in Christianity as well as Islam notwithstanding, it seems to me that a slowly growing percentage of people in the developed world at least are growing ever more skeptical of organized religion. Only time will tell if "organized religion" shrinks to encompass a small minority of the human race. Such things cannot be forced; they happen, or not, through a slow process of "social evolution" not dissimilar to biological evolution.

  11. Bob, your perception is accurate. Europe is now a secular place, with religion an ever decreasing oddity, while the US is listed as the larges, most advanced RELIGIOUS nation. The tragic part is that I've read that much of southern France and the British prison system are being forced to enact sharia as the Islamic Extremist population is rapidly growing. This is especially so in the British prisons where they have been forced to enact a very strict form of sharia even among the non-Islamic population to avoid riots. Extremist fundamentalism no matter what religion, is the death of freedom, thinking and creativity. I wish more would embrace the fact that freedom OF religion includes freedom FROM religion, and let it spread, worldwide.

  12. I agree with something Clint Eastwood is quoted as having said: "Why can't everybody just leave everybody alone?" Live & let live! Mind your own business! The reality of life is that we are all powerless over people, places & things. The only one we have 'power' over is ourself; we certainly don't have 'power' over Mother Nature. Just ask the Japanese.

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