Monday, April 18, 2011

Garbage & Futility


FAST's: The Second Annual Earth Day Leaders Park Garbage Pickup
Saturday, April 23, 1pm



After a post like yesterday's and a weekend like last weekend I like to take a breath and remember that mostly it's all futile. Read all about it in Ecclesiastes, or at The Little Blog in the Big Woods: Pushing On Icebergs:
My metaphor here is that huge societal problems are very much like icebergs. They are huge; massive, with tremendous momentum and inertia. Walk up to an iceberg (standing on anything you can) and push on it, as hard as you can. You will not see ANY response from the iceberg; it's just too massive for you to affect, you and all your force are infinitesimally small in comparison to the berg.
Find a good place to set your feet. Dig in. And push. Don't quit. And don't waste your time yelling at the jackasses to come help- they won't, and the yelling just encourages them. Just keep pushing. And watch and see- somebody from the crowd will come and start pushing too- right beside you.
Futile. Really. But not hopeless. More fun than not.


SD_pedalpower said...

Steady as she goes mate

bigH said...

Not all is dread; I had a good week with icebergs.