Sun. May 26th, 2024

I sent out a link to our postings here at LT regarding the oil hitting the beaches of one of my favorite places on Earth: Pensacola Beach and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Amongst the many recipients: my nephew, Mike. Here was his response…

I know people who STILL think we humans are too small to affect the Earth. I want to bring them to Pensacola and throw tar-balls at their faces. If there was ever a time for we humans to really push to stop using ancient dead plants and animals for fuel its now.

Anyway, Im totally pissed about this whole thing! There is a scale in astrobiology called the “Kardashev scale” that measures how advanced civilizations are. There’s Type I, II, and III mainly. Type III would be a civilization that can harness energy of an entire galaxy without negative disruptions for anyone else, II’s harness the energy of their local sun/star without negative disruptions, and “a TypeI civilization has achieved mastery of the resources of its home planet” without negative disruptions… We’re TYPE 0! We’re sucking! (We may even be -1 type) The saddest part is that we already have the capability and technology to be Type I-and-a-half, but we’re to greedy and stupid apparently to even move towards it.

-Mike Frye-Hunt

This fills me with great hope that future generations will get it, when mine: which claimed they “got it,” really didn’t and still doesn’t. Oh, and they’ve turned into a growing cesspool of intolerant, self-absorbed, cranks. It also makes me feel very old. Damn kid’s soooooooooooo much smarter than me! (Of course, Mike, you’re not a kid. But I guess I am getting old! You win.)

By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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