When I read of how the people of Appalachia are treated and the destruction of this area, because I am not more diligent about my use of electricity and more insistent on conservation and alternative sources, I am humbled as to how I might ever judge another and what they do, or choose, or how they come to their own conclusions about their lives or what they need to do. The magazine ends with an essay by David James Duncan, and the now famous quote by Mother Theresa, "We can do no great things - only small things, with great love."
I am again reminded of what matters to me, and how I want to live. I don't want to be judged. No one can know my motivations. Why then, would I judge another? It is only a judgment of, and discomfort with myself. It is time, once again, to settle into ease and comfort with myself. In that, I have more space. I breathe into the nature that I am.
There is also an article in Orion on mercury in tuna fish. I believe people are aware of the dangers of mercury in tuna, especially for women who are pregnant and children, but, again, it is to stay aware and monitor carefully what we eat. The rise in breast cancer may be related to the toxins in the environment. This issue is not a joke, though Bush prefers to make it so.