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The Gulf Oil Spill and the Capitalism in all of us

Like any good apocalyptic vision of self-wrought hell, the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history has its inherent poetry.

It’s not just the incredible photographs of the spill that are, in turns, heartbreaking, stunning, otherworldly and downright Satanic in their abject revulsion. It’s not just the statistics that tell us how many millions of gallons might ultimately be spilled, or the stunned scientists who can only hypothesize how this unprecedented catastrophe might affect the fragile food chain and distress the ocean’s ecosystems at the very root level. It’s not even the endless, heartrending tales of livelihoods lost, industries destroyed, coastlines ravaged or wildlife killed. The fact is, any one of these aspects alone is enough to poison your soul for as long as you wish to wallow in that murky state of fatalism and doom.

Because if you’re honest, no matter where you stand, no matter your politics, religion, income or mode of transport, you see this beast of creeping death and you understand: That is us. The spill may be many things, but more than anything else it is a giant, horrifying mirror.

We can’t quite blame an “act of God,” as we would for some sort of hurricane or tsunami inflicted upon meager humankind by an angry deity. We cannot blame evil terrorists.

What’s happening in the Gulf is that Oil is  mocks all religions equally  except, of course, the only one that really matters –capitalism, and the oil woven into every single aspect of American life.


One Response to “The Gulf Oil Spill and the Capitalism in all of us”

  1. We’ve got everyone saying now, oil is responsible for this disaster and everyone uses oil and relies on it… Yes.

    But where’s the leap going to come from when we stand up to the oil Goliath? How do we stop using it if it’s all around us? I’m not being pessimistic by any means, I just wish there was a way out of the predicament. The time to act is now and not later…

    Anyways, great post and great perspective.

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