Oh, crap

Take a deep breath. Relax. Stop worrying. We’re off the hook.

It’s too late.  

We had our chance. But, we were busy.     

Busy…. Being (not doing) the change.

Busy....Being nonviolent in a free speech zone or on a designated route for a preplanned protest march with sign and tee shirt purchased from an oligarchy-funded NGO.

Busy...Being positive

Busy....Signing online petitions (from NGOs).

Busy… Following your bliss.

Busy... Speaking your truth - to power or whomever.

My dad used to joke:

“Are you spelling that with a ‘b’ or a ‘d’?”           

pointercircledDoesn’t matter. Momma knows a recalcitrant adolescent species when she sees one. She’s been around the sun a few billion times. She knows what to do.

That’s not to say it isn’t difficult. Our errant species showed so much promise! Yet, despite having given us her immense wealth, immeasurable love – to say nothing of innumerable second chances -- and despite her warnings, she can see it’s hopeless. Upon reaching pre-adolescence we fell under the spell of the wrong crowd and felt we no longer needed to listen to her.  So we didn’t. Now we’re clearly out of control.

Well, if we’re determined to eat her out of house and home, destroy every stick of furniture, then set the house afire, all while superciliously ignoring her, clearly we’re beyond reach. Conduct Disorder* like ours won’t respond to even the most severe discipline. We must be stopped, and she’s already set things in motion.   

She’s not replaced anything we’ve destroyed for the past couple of decades. We haven’t even noticed. But we will.

She’s quit cleaning our room, filtering our water, changing our air filter. We can’t be bothered worrying about crap like that.

She’s drenched, parched, frozen, fried and stormed us. Those who’ve caught the worst of it have often been the best of the bunch. When they could, they’ve moved. She’s begun focusing more on those who most deserve it, but they just whine, rebuild, and call it a “cycle”.

So she’s removed the handles from the methane lines so we can no longer shut them off. We haven’t noticed. But we will. 

She stokes the furnace a little every day. We’re ignoring it.

She’s nearly completed assembly of the Mother of all Burn-to-Learn’s.

Attendance compulsory.  No exit.



CARTOON:  Dan Regan is an artist for the Shoebox Division of Hallmark.

*“Conduct disorder is a severe condition characterized by hostile and sometimes physically violent behavior and a disregard for others. Children with CD exhibit cruelty, from early pushing, hitting and biting to, later, more than normal teasing and bullying, hurting animals, picking fights, theft, vandalism, and arson.”  http://www.childmind.org/en/health/disorder-guide/conduct-disorder   Conduct disorder (CD) is a psychological disorder diagnosed in childhood or adolescence that presents itself through a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate norms are violated. These behaviors are often referred to as ‘antisocial behaviors.’” {wikipedia}

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