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Political Miracles Are Also Welcome

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Pope Francis Issues a Papal Encyclical on the Environment

Let's call it what it is. A controversy. An epic battle in the making. An epic battle between realms; the spiritual vs. the economic-political. The world in which we struggle to survive is increasingly becoming a deteriorated pile of filth,  an unparalleled disgusting mess.  Already precipitating a humanitarian disaster of biblical proportions the disasters occurring  are totally unnecessary and unacceptable to modern civilization.  Climate change must be addressed and remedied by everyone including  his 1.5 billion faithful and the rich alike. Everyone must be involved, suggested Pope Francis in an edgy new encyclical on the environment. Rich countries, Pope Francis also  observed,  in his newest and highly controversial papal encyclical, are primarily responsible for climate change, the environment being a mess, a  growing cesspool of greed and human tragedy. He is demanding action.  A rallying call.  Get to it.  Remedies are to be initiated by the faithful. Immediately and decisively. Genuine thought worthy of a leader.  Kudos to Pope Francis, a genuine leader.  It seems some politicians are displeased to hear the truth. Imagine that.  Politicians  loudly object when sensitive buttons have been pushed.   A reality check for the thinking;  it has been  historically and repeatedly demonstrated  that the political realm is an unlikely source of  miracles where the environment is irrelevant  and corporate interests and greed are paramount. Presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggests Pope Francis is a nice guy but " should leave  resolving of environmental problems to the political realm." We burst out laughing. Really.  In overview, to mitigate ongoing climate change and survive ever more common serious disasters may now require miracles of the Godly kind.  Hear, hear!  —but let us remain optimistic and open-minded;  political miracles are still  welcome.  We begin to smirk , chuckle, then laugh raucously,  analyze and ponder the implications. We wink and yawn. 

"Look, Jebbie, old man,  be reasonable;  you are aspiring to follow in the footsteps of Georgie and Daddy, are you not?  A presidential wannabe?  You want to lead a mere  300 million Americans? (smirk)   Pope Francis is already leading 1.2 billion+ people worldwide. Successfully.  With respect. With dignity.  And God's on his side. He's got the jump on you and has a nice hat too.  And a pope-mobile. "     *click

  —And a Popemobile, Jebbie, this is serious stuff....wait..wait, did'ya get that, Jebbie? .—Was that a disconnect? —wait,  —Jeb...Jebbie?  Did you hang up on us, Jebbie?  Mission accomplished?'"  

Ah well.  See what happens?   No matter.  Jebbie got huffy and stormed off  to play golf. 

Political Miracles from the Political Realm?

We could not agree more that environmental destruction has been caused in  the majority, by greedy, foolish use of and thoughtless exploitation of world resources. Profiteering at any cost.  Any cost, worth repeating.  Even the destruction of humanity itself.  Living in a corporate-dictated world,  a greedy, throw-away, wasteful and uncaring society is unhelpful in all things environmental—a classic understatement. The controversial  fossil fuel lifestyle was designed by, and for the egos and benefit of the corporate rich. It is promoted by fossilized minds which detest the concept of free energy and clean technology. It has been  exacerbated by greedy corporate ideology enabled by the self-entitled, narrow-minded, obscenely rich political realm at the expense of all other human beings and other life forms.  An epic battle is long overdue. The environment is  suffocating  for the lack of  meaningful remedial action,   gasping for  the tiniest sign of hope.  Species are disappearing at an unbelievable rate, never to be seen again.  Unacceptable, says Pope Francis.   Climate change is real, the earth is heating, make no mistake about it, time is of the essence, and the rich and powerful  simply do not care.  The mind-set is tuned to greed and profit, even though, strangely,  there is much more profit to be gained by changing to clean technology. *Note to Self:  Each small step toward remediation and  and  change in societal direction requires will-power and  miracles—political miracles to be specific.  Commitment, Jebbie! Actual thinking for yourself. Actual doing.  Actually taking responsibility. **Note 2  to Self:     How unlikely. How sad for humanity. Pope Francis is right,  the process of environmental healing must begin,  no matter how many  uber- rich politicians promise political miracles and indignantly scream objections,  fearing economic  change  and loss of  both political influence and tax havens. Let us be realistic.  Agreement on  the necessity of controlling  the  corporate sector enough reclaim the environment would be a political  miracle.  Finding politicians honest enough to act with that goal in mind might be closer to the Godly variety.  Let us willfully declare our commitment to civilization and our humanity.  Let us not cop out to  garner the favour of fossilized, rich political naysayers.  Time is running out, whether or not we believe the controversial words of Pope Francis.  What do YOU think?    # Is that Incoming I hear? 
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Life: See What Happens?

© 2013 Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_1750" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Candy-apple Red 1947 Plymouth                                              Plymouth    photo © by wlk photography[/caption] See what happens? An old Plymouth.  Sixty-six years later, more or less, but she was quite likely tired, out of gas, and worn out 50 years ago. Tired old stuff, with the right care, TLC  and good fortune, suddenly becomes valuable.  Beautiful. Imagine that. Candy Apple Red yet --and probably worth ten times the original price. Is there a message to be considered here?  Let's take a ride, baby. It's called life. This beauty was photographed in Thunder Bay Ontario. Antique cars by the dozens. Old cars, happy old owners delighted with life, happy to be alive and revived, restored and adored. Life the way it should be. See what happens? Life can be staid, stolid and  boring as you allow it to be. High-button boots, whitewall tires and all. Banker's hours and dull. A new, meticulously detailed life, but old is old. [caption id="attachment_1758" align="aligncenter" width="584"]An old blue antique car with whitewall tires                            Whitewall Tires            © wlk photography[/caption]  

More Exciting?

Perhaps you think life should be brighter, more exciting.  On the move. Be a genuine hot rod. C'mon, baby. Roll the dice. Start'er up. Pedal to the metal.  Life can come with color-and fire. [caption id="attachment_1756" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Yellow hot rod antique car with flames                        Life with Color and Fire    © wlk photography[/caption] How far will you go? Pick up where you left off.  Haul stuff while you're at it. Go far.  Fargo. Bring your tools. You'll need them.  Get up and get moving. Watch out, world. Life is what you make it. [caption id="attachment_1759" align="aligncenter" width="584"]An old Fargo Pickup truck not yet restored                         Fargo Pickup Truck                              © wlk photography[/caption] Don't want to bother with life?  Spend time just hanging around playing mindless games?   It's always a choice, but see what happens? [caption id="attachment_1760" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Old Ford Unrestored                         Old Ford -Life Ignored              © wlk photography[/caption] Life's a choice. Think about it. Choose well.   Is that Incoming I hear? Photo Credits:  All photos on this post  ©2013 by wlk photography #
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