Well, if it’s "in like a lamb and out like a lion" for this March, we’re going to have a heck of a storm here in about thirty days. Yesterday was gorgeous! Clear skies, temperature up to the fifty-degree mark. The pleasing sounds of the snow melt running into the storm sewers.
Now, of course, there were the not-so-pleasing parts that go along with melting and water running in the streets and the mess that ends up getting tracked along the halls and corridors. But, since I’m not charged with custodial duties in any of our classroom or administrative buildings, it wasn’t too hard for me to block out that other and focus on sunshine, lollipops and rainbows and that sort of thing.
It’s a useful talent and often cultivated to an accomplished degree, this human capacity to block out awareness of negative aspects that don’t directly and immediately affect us. That’s what makes it so easy for us to tra-la-la our way through the world, tossing our recyclables into the trash can, dumping our toxic waste in someone else’s back yard and believing that supporting dictators instead of democracy isn’t such a bad thing as long as gas stays under three dollars a gallon and we can buy a nice, Perma-Prest sport shirt for under twenty bucks.
That’s why we build our landfills out in the county, ignore human rights violations in reciprocal trade agreements and throw our fast food packaging out the window of a moving vehicle.
Isn’t it funny how that "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" relates to everything from wiping your feet and picking up your socks to foreign policy and macroeconomics? Speaking hypothetically, of course…