Tuesday, September 14

Find Out Just How Selfish You Are ...

Puffing my way through this page, I was assaulted by the fact that I really am a selfish bastard - in a country full of selfish bastards. Okay, I can't say that this was really news to me; nonetheless, it's damnation and blast that now there's some instant stats to prove it.

The link has a test from Earthday concerning your own GLOBAL FOOTPRINT: ie as to how much of the world's finite, precious resources you as an individual or individual household are using. I can ruefully admit that I scored 4.8. on the scale of greed. Now before you scoff: that's better (lower) than the national average my friends, but still, apparently, a disgrace to the human race. However, I just know that some of you out there are capable of notching up real horrorshow figures. The odds-on favourites? All those big, beautiful people with all those big, ugly air cons whirring around the clock in New York. Off the scale! Off the fucking scale!

Let's face it: if you're here, reading this, then, in the words of Noam Chomsky, you're in the "playground of the elite". (Tell me it feels like that. Go on, tell me it does ...) If I remember rightly, old Noam is fond of citing that half the world's population has yet to make a phone call, and if that's so, a cheap-shot, facetious part of me feels they are the lucky ones.

Chomsky. I did once trawl his website, culling down this and that article, and quickly discovered his habit, essentially his modus operandi, of using the same stuff over and over again. (Seemingly, every piece on Israel and Palestine brought in Central America, and vice versa.) With him - and I must be careful not to say "his type", for with a name like that he has clearly sought some form of uniqueness from the off - the slate can never be wiped clean for any incoming president, prime minister etc. The sins of the past are duly to be accounted for.

Frankly, I think that's a bullshit idea. It's an idea that eventually turns round and eats itself. Let me see: Britain should now be suing the Italians, on the basis that when the Romans came and built our roads, they built them way too narrow for our current traffic needs. Idiots. No imagination. And while we're at it: if you're going to build a wall to honour your emperor, finish the fucker, eh? Was that really too much to ask? Facile points, I admit, but Chomsky's whole argument is facile.

Likewise, I don't think Earthday's reproachful eye is going to shift me to the Sophie Dahl-endorsed rice diet (growing my own grains, of course - and Sophie insists on the blurb that 500g can suffice for a year, bless her) nor to its big rival for the christmas market, Mohammed Atta's Get Fit for Heaven potato pamphlet. Yes, that's now an old riff, but hey Earthday people, I'm recycling, recycling.

No, I'm afraid that I shall be continuing on my merry way (right now: to the fuck-off car; to the supermarket; to the wine aisle, where I shall take maximum advantage of the fact that perfectly drinkable Chilean wine is practically given away; and home to whoop and holler along to Sopranos and City of God. Bene! Bene!). And so I'll exit with a rip from the heart of my favourite arriviste, Edmund in King Lear: "Stand up for bastards!"

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posted by DD @ 13:24 

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