tempting to get upset over this butt ugly mess
but it's a real can't see the forest for the
trees moment when you consider the centuries
of degradation that led up to this: invasion,
genocide, broken treaties, resource depletion,
extinctions, endless pollution of air, water,
and land--the whole syndrome of civilization.
these are just candles on a layer cake of
destruction we've all had a hand in baking.
i've seen people who should know better
casually drop a butt who would never dream of
dumping out a bucketful all at once though it
amounts to the same thing over time, but we
all ignore the incremental impacts although
they all add up. it's how we manage our cognitive