A World in Mourning
That is exactly what we are becoming, a world in mourning. A few years ago there was so much talk about 2012 being the end of the world, or the end of the world as we know it. Look close because the sad truth of this statement is becoming a reality. The 2012 phenomenon consists of a series of beliefs that cataclysmic or transformative events will come to pass on December 21, 2012. Truth or fiction? You decide.
Some really believe that the world will end. However, I don’t think 12/21/12 will be quite that drastic. I do believe that the planet Earth and it’s inhabitants will experience and undergo a change, and I have always hoped that change would be positive. The most disturbing incident of late is the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What will become of us? Is it too late to try to make the upcoming change positive? I hope not!
The ocean, any ocean, is the most beautiful body of water anywhere. The tides, the waves covered with froth, the marine life. These are all at risk of disappearing. Marine life includes mammals, fish, sharks, rays, sea turtles, shrimp, etc. What will become of these creatures? Will they survive? Will our food sources, from the ocean, be destroyed? These are very real questions that we need to ask ourselves and our leaders. I don’t think that we’ll like the answers we will receive.
BP, British Petroleum, announced that they are taking responsibility for the oil spill, but not for the accident. What exactly does that mean? To me they sound like politicians, and that is what we don’t need.. Maybe if they concentrate more on finding a fix and less time shifting blame we can get this mess cleaned up that much quicker.
How about our government? Some say that the Obama administration knew the seriousness of the situation from the beginning. Some say that the government had more than one opportunity to act quickly, but didn’t. The drilling rig exploded into flames on April 20, 2010 and sank two days later. There are 11 workers presumed dead from the explosion. The Department of Homeland Security waited until June 3, 2010 to declare a spill of national significance. At first we were told that the spill was leaking up to 1,000 barrels a day, then a wee later that figure rose to 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the ocean. Now the estimate is 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day. Food for thought. Like I said, forget the blame for now and find a solution.
Other problems that we are facing this year are tornadoes, storms and flooding in all parts of the world. But, these are natural disasters that we as humans can not control, but the oil spill was created out of carelessness. Our first step is to stop this poison from spewing into our ocean is to clean up the mess we have already made and then worry about fault, blame and payment later.
So, it looks like the prophecies and predictions may have been right on target because I do see an end to the world as we know it. Will we learn from this experience? Let’s hope so.
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“About the author: Kathy Zengolewicz, ( http://www.kathyzengolewicz.com ) is an author, a coach and a grief counselor working out of her home office in Philadelphia, PA. You can contact Kathy at email@example.com