Sunday, June 13, 2010

It's my fault

Did you read New York Times op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman's article this Sunday morning?
It's funny... my sister and I were just talking about this last night.
Mr. Friedman's article re-prints his friend Mark Mykleby's letter to the editor in The Beaufort Gazette in South Carolina. It goes along these lines:

      The environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is not the fault of BP or Transocean... It's my fault. I'm the one to blame. I'm sorry. It's my fault because I haven't digested the world's in-your-face hints that maybe I ought to think about the future and change the unsustainable way I live my life. If the geopolitical, economic, and technological shifts of the 1990's didn't do it; if the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 didn't do it; perhaps this oil spill will be the catalyst for me, as a citizen, to wean myself off of my petroleum-based lifestyle. 

How much of the blame are you willing to take?
Mr. Mykleby concludes:

     So again, the oil spill is my fault. I'm sorry. I haven't done my part.

I think we should all say that line out loud today. It's a place to begin. We have met the enemy and he is us.


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