“Nature is boring. I played in it once. There was nothing to buy. It sucked.”
This short video is a simple explanation of how humans have caused carbon emissions over the last 260 years.
This is a little side track from the main theme of this blog, but it involves my own love for slam poetry and other languages.
The 4.6 million English language learners in the United States public school system are in trouble, according to poet Dylan Garity. Calling them “good organs in a sick body,” he believes that their ability to succeed in the U.S. school system is endangered by policies around English education and he’s using the power of the pen—or, in this case, the poetry slam—to get the word out about it.
The poem derives much of its power from its comparisons:
“Learning to read in a new language when you cant even read in your own is like trying to heal a burn victim by drowning them.
We are telling these children who have spent their whole lives in the deep end that they’ll learn how to swim if they just float out a little farther.”
Along the way, Americans have wreaked havoc on people and planet. Its an understatement to say the Madison Avenue version of The American Dream hasnt worked out too well for most Americans. The results here strongly suggest that its not going to work out better for people elsewhere.
The original version of The American Dream, however, was inspired by The Declaration of Independence and laid out by James Truslow Adams in his 1931 book, The Epic of America. It’s a “dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”
So, where did Americans go wrong? And, can we get back on track?