I slapped her hard across the face.
The sound echoed with a satisfying smack.
I wanted to see the fog lift from her, to see her sunlit eyes glisten with awareness once more.
Her eyes watered,
I don’t know exactly what I was hoping for— I did it out of desperation.
Maybe it was clarity?
I needed to see a realization that she understood without participation we are all doomed to die.
Not just one, but all— all the picture perfect babies with their soft sweet features, each shielded by their own skin of different shades of color.
Born into our arms of care.
Doomed to die,
All the children, our most beloved representation of affection and celebration of life.
All of our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, grandmas and grandpas.
We, as supposed civilized beings sit busily clicking on our computers and phones consumed by consumerism, ignoring the Earths signs of distress.
Who can see that the complete and utter extinction of a species has begun?
Click, buy a second TV, click purchase another piece of clothing, click, click, click,
The sounds of humans eating up the Earth
People— complex organisms torn between love and hate, creation and destruction, greed and generosity, sickness and health, fear and security, war and peace, joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain,
An unwittingly apathetic mortal too self focused to see the unraveling.
I’m not sorry I slapped you,
Give your head a shake, wake up.
We cannot afford to pretend anymore.
Just because we had yesterday and today doesn’t mean we automatically get tomorrow,
Our lives are far from a Hallmark movie,
We need to think beyond the sparkle and shine of our lives, and really understand who we are supporting with our existence.
To whom does our money go?
And what are we supporting with that buying choice?
If we don’t change the way we purchase and consume, soon—
Click, click, click,
We are close to our expiration date.
I’m usually such a jolly elf, but there comes a time for serious action, and that time is now. Please read, How Humans Are Driving The Sixth Mass Extinction.