Race to the Future
The loud blast of a nuclear explosion, the destruction of our rain forests, and the simple, but yet very harmful items like insecticides, household cleaning supplies and complex medications, are all making a society destined for trouble. Some of these items we use every day, despite all the warnings on the bottles of the cleaners and side effects of the medications. The nuclear products and loss of the rain forest might not be happening in our back yard, but destruction like this can travel a long way, and it’s just a matter of time before we see the effects in our cities and towns.
Have you ever wondered or asked why more and more diseases keep arising? Have you ever given thought to the fact that we may bring it on ourselves through greater technology? It may take a tragic experience in one’s family to ask the questions how did this happen, why did it happen, and who caused this to happen? Diseases keep arising, and so do more advanced technology and riskier experiments. I feel technology is important, but I also feel it should have limitations. We should try to be more aware of what is going on around us and try not to put ourselves and our children in any life threatening situations.
I have had a personal experience just like that in my family. One cloudy summer day in July of 1988, we were told the shocking news that my cousin, Jamie, had been diagnosed with cancer. Jamie was a wife, a mother of two, and very outgoing. The saddest part of it all, was that she was only 31 years old. This deadly disease made the next and last year of her life very painful and frightening.
We all remember vividly her lying in a hospital bed, holding on to a teddy bear and weeping because she was afraid of dying. The pain she was experiencing was fierce. She had a lot of sleepless nights and horror filled days. We all knew it was just a matter of time, and there was a sense of helplessness among family members. Almost one year to the day, Jamie died and had to leave her wonderful life and two beautiful children, ages 5 and 3 behind. We all still feel like it just happened yesterday.
I have strong beliefs as to why it happened. Jamie had worked for ten years in a pacemaker factory that used high doses of radiation in their products. I myself think her death was attributed to environmental factors. It was shortly after her death that the plant closed down. They found that many people that were working there for any length of time, were, in fact becoming very ill. Some were just sick repeatedly, and a few were dying. Of course the owners of the plant were closing the place down for other reasons and would not take the blame for any mishaps. Not accepting blame for others misfortunes is very common in our society. Duff put it very nicely when he wrote,
"Shame rarely lands on the shoulders of those who commit the transgressions: the corporate polluters, wife-beaters or keepers of apartheid, and all of us who disregard the life...