We all use oil, so we might say we can't complain, but why was a man who had been censured and censured and who had recently run a ship aground allowed to still be piloting ships in and out of the bay? Now he has disappeared, and maybe that is the best thing, since it might not be possible for those who are cleaning oil off birds to meet with him and be cordial. Perhaps, even gentle people would dip him in oil.
It seems it is difficult to find out who owns ships. Corporations prefer to evade responsibility and perhaps that is when accidents are more likely to occur, when supposedly no one is responsible. When we are responsible, we are rewarded with the wonderful feeling of a job well-done.
It is difficult to not feel angry. Our beaches are closed and animals are dying, and all that was needed was that a relatively narrow object fit through an extremely wide opening. Yes, it was foggy, but the ship had radar, and now, it is a sobering day. I suppose it doesn't really matter if someone "pays," as the damage is done, and how do we impose a conscience from now on?
A letter to The Atlantic this month points out that Bush claimed these words at the post-9/11 joint session, "We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail."
They actually were spoken five years before his birth. On February 9, 1941, Winston Churchill, said about the passage of the Land-Lease Act:
"Put your confidence in us. Give us your faith and your blessing, and, under Providence, all will be well. WE SHALL NOT FAIL OR FALTER; WE SHALL NOT WEAKEN OR TIRE. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trails of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job."
And so the job was finished in less time than Bush's war in Iraq.
Rebecca Solnit has an article in Orion magazine this month called, "The Limits of Landscape - Going beyond traditional ways of seeing."
Here is part of one paragraph to contemplate. She is discussing "the stone circles that the prehistoric Irish erected for ceremonial and celestial-observation purposes."
"A picture may capture a moment of time - late afternoon light raking over, say, the golden rocks of the deep desert - but a stone circle calls attention to time in a deeper sense, to the swing of stars from north to south across the sky over the course of a year, and to calendrical time. It is not just something to behold, but an invitation to observe and connect. It doesn't represent the landscape, but helps make the most invisible forces - time itself, and the rotation of the Earth - present, and brings you into alignment with these forces."
-- Rebecca Solnit
This winter light brings awareness of stones. Perhaps, make a circle of your own, and watch time and the rotation of the earth, and align, both, within, and without.