Ever-Changing Reflection

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It hit home.

I'm talking about the Gulf oil spill, friends. This picture made it hit home for me. I don't even like birds -- I'm rather petrified of them, actually -- but this image of oil-soaked Great Storks made me scared. I wanted to cry.

Watching the live feed on the news of hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico is disturbing enough, but actually seeing the effects on the ocean and shoreline habitats is crushing. I'm sick of reading about the poor hotels who are seeing cancellations. What about the marine and wild life? What about the beautiful beaches? What about the water quality we all depend on?

I hate to think of an entire ecosystem being destroyed because of our greed, our need to put gas in our cars. I'm scared that the oil will make its way up the East coast and wash up on the New England beaches I love. I don't want to be cruising through oil slicks on my Caribbean cruise this fall.

This reminds me of the Saved by the Bell episode where they dig for oil at Bayside High only to destroy the pond where students have adopted wildlife pets.

It's sad.

It's tragic.

It's maddening.

It must be stopped.

{Image via USA Today Travel}


Jessica said...

You know this tragic event has really made me step back and put things into perspective, too.

I just can't wrap my mind around the number of gallons of oil that are spilling out as I type this comment. Those images all make it so heartbreaking and terribly sad!

Brown Girl said...

It's just so upsetting that I can't even see the pictures anymore.

Nat said...

So sad!!

Summer Athena said...

i know. i just feel so helpless. ugh.

Sierra said...

I couldn't agree more. Glad people are at least trying to salvage and save the most that they can.

Anna said...

i totally remember that episode of saved by the bell! lol we must be tv soul sisters for real!