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As we watch the ongoing, seemingly endless disaster of a poisoned water table and 300,000 Americans without water, we are troubled in some ancient place within us.

As we watch the degradation of water in the awful and unnecessary practice of fracking — the poisoning of underground reserves, of wells, of aquifers, the use of water as a tool of fracking, we are troubled deeply.

I realize that we have begun to destroy one of the resources that no society, village, clan, or any grouping of people can live without — sowing the seeds of our own potential destruction.

We remember the value of water throughout human history.

We remember that water is life giving and life sustaining.

We are sickened by the thoughtless and arrogant destruction by those who place their own greed above the lives of their fellow humans, and who arrogantly destroy the increasingly scarce resource that humanity has never and will never learn to live without.

We remember the reverence with which the ancients and indigenous people regarded water.

We even recall modern Americans beseeching the Almighty for water — Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia declaring a day of prayer asking for relief from drought.

And we are reminded yet again what happens when the forces of humanity’s most base instincts — those of greed, arrogance, and hubris — are unleashed upon those resources that give life and sustain life for us all.

And we are reminded that humanity must control itself, that we have fundamental values as old as our species designed to keep us from destroying ourselves. It is past time we exercise those values, constrain our greed, and turn our eyes to those things that make us human.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    @StewartAcuff www.stewartacuff.com

    by StewartAcuff on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 06:38:43 AM PST

  •  Lat week... (2+ / 0-)
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    pat bunny, occupystephanie

    Dan Bacher had an interesting diary.
    A quote from his piece... (emphasis mine)

    The "Belo Monte Dam Resistance Delegation" includes indigenous tribes and river activists from Northern California who will travel to Brazil to work with indigenous people in the Xingu basin, the heart of the Amazon, "making a strong bond through mutual efforts to preserve and protect inherited cultures and natural resources from short sighted projects like the Belo Monte Dam," according to a news release from delegation leaders.

    According to Mahlija Florendo, a 16 year old Yurok Tribal member who will be going to the Amazon, “Our River is here to give us life, and we were created to keep the river beautiful and healthy. We need to keep every river alive because we cannot live without them."

    All sane people detest noise. Mark Twain

    by Man Oh Man on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 06:50:10 AM PST

  •  Beautifully written and important. (0+ / 0-)

    Clear, concise and compelling!

    As we watch the ongoing, seemingly endless disaster of a poisoned water table and 300,000 Americans without water, we are troubled in some ancient place within us.
    Water is life.

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 10:29:13 AM PST

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