I’m sorry, but someone has to say it. Sometimes humanity sucks! Fourth of July pushed me to the edge of my compassion with a continual barage of what sounded like bombs falling from the sky until 1:00 in the morning, some so close they seemed to be right on top of my home. This despite the fact that fireworks are illegal here.
The deluge began three weeks earlier with fireworks every night, leading up to a culmination of nonstop explosions on the Fourth. A quick scan of social media showed that it was similar in many cities throughout the United States.
Never in my life have I heard such an ongoing rampage. Pets and toddlers were terrified, and I can only imagine how it affects the wild animals who cohabit our space.
I suppose blowing things up is an expression of pent-up emotions, and COVID-19 has certainly pushed us to the limits of what we can handle.
Sometimes it seems like humans are the scourge of the Earth, and I feel ashamed to be one of them. We can’t even get along with each other, let alone live in harmony with nature and the planet.
Perhaps you can help me to perceive this situation differently, with more empathy and grace.
How are things in your neck of the woods? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “We Come From the Earth, We Return to the Earth,” 36 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas.