When I first read Linda’s prompt I thought of a cep. For all those who don’t know: It’s a delicious mushroom which is called “Stone mushroom” in German. But then I followed the link in her prompt:
“Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “sap/sep/sip/sop/sup.” Use one or all of these words or find a word that contains them, but most of all, have fun! Wondering what to do with “sep”? This is interesting: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=SEP Enjoy!”
and realised that SEP is something that occupies me a lot lately. Ah, here we go. I didn’t want to write about it really… I wanted to write about “Sepp” which is a Bavarian abbreviation for “Josef” and there are lots of famous Sepps in the German-speaking area.
But that link mentioned “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and I just can’t resist that book. Nor that SEP. It worked so well in Douglas Adams universe. And many people think it works so well in this universe too.
But I suspect after the “Beast from the East” and the heatwave that followed in 2018 we can’t really think that climate is a SEP anymore, can we? At least young Greta seems to think so and it is she and her generation who will have to deal with all this rubbish that we leave them.
Video credit: Greta Thunberg via Democracy Now
No, I am not going to preach now. I think you are a grown-up and can decide for yourself what is your problem and what is not. And what sort of world you want to leave your children. See, I don’t have children. I have two nephews and two step-children. I am one of those women who are too “egotistic” and “self-absorbed” to give birth and care for a child. We are one of the reasons why this society is so horrible to those in need and the environment.
But I have to admit young Greta and young Maya have inspired me. They have encouraged me to check my SEP’s. See, when I was their age Germany’s Green Party had just made it into national politics. We could still believe there was time to change our behaviour. Germany had never really stopped to recycle glass bottles and started to recycle plastics too. I grew up with recycling. I grew up with not throwing plastic wrappers out of the window (would have been grounded for weeks if I had), saving water with not showering too often and saving energy with switching off the lights that are not needed. And not having the standby on.
But I got lazy when I came here. No, I still use as less plastic as I can and we re-use yoghurt pots many times and I usually bring my own bags when shopping. But I have to admit that I do not understand the British recycling system. I have moved approximately every two years since I’ve come here in 2007 and in every single place, the recycling system was different. I still don’t’ understand what you can recycle and what not. So I gave up.
I don’t clean out the plastics I put in the bin and put more in the normal bin than I should. And I moan continuously about other people who do not care about the environment and use tons of plastic. But then these two young women came along and I thought about a saying that was popular when I was their age:
“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation…” which, of course, was brought down to us wrongly:
In fact, the original language is as follows: “The thickness of your skin shall be seven spans – which is to say that you shall be proof against anger, offensive actions and criticism. Your heart shall be filled with peace and good will and your mind filled with a yearning for the welfare of the people of the Confederacy. With endless patience you shall carry out your duty and your firmness shall be tempered with tenderness for your people. Neither anger nor fury shall find lodgement in your mind and all your words and actions shall be marked with calm deliberation, In all of your deliberations in the Confederate Council, in your efforts at law making, in all your official acts, self-interest shall be cast into oblivion. Cast not over your shoulder behind you the warnings of the nephews and nieces should they chide you for any error or wrong you may do, but return to the way of the Great Law which is just and right. Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the past and present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground – the unborn of the future Nation.” as Wikipedia lets us know.
And I figured that’s the sort of person I want to be. I also figured I can’t wait until politicians or councillors bother to do something. Because I believe we are the power in everyone. We are the mainstream and when we change our behaviour the mainstream will too.
video source: 4Earth via YouTube
Well, not we. I do not want to preach anymore and I believe it is everybody’s right to decide how to behave and what world to leave behind. What I can change is my behaviour and that is what I aim for in 2019. Since Dec 31st I collect rubbish on my walk with the dog in the morning. We live close to the sea and it will eventually end up there and kill off birds and sea animals. Even if I collect it and get it into a landfill it might end up there. But I am going to plant an apple tree the day the world ends. Because that is another saying that was important to me when I was young. Of course, Luther didn’t really say it but hey, it works for me so who cares?
We are also considering to ditch the milk because of the climate-killing cow wind. Even though I am not sure that is a good decision because we had a look at recipes to make vegan cheese and most of the stuff needed comes from the other side of the world. So exchanging the good old cow for an aeroplane might not be the wisest decision. I have to research.
One great side effect of giving up my job is that I only use the car once a week now. That’s definitely a good one and I’ve given up my idea of becoming a travel blogger. Flying for fun (yes, I know dear travel bloggers, it is a lot of work you put into your posts but the people you write for would go for fun) doesn’t seem to go with my idea of stopping global warming. But then there is a dilemma: I love chocolate. I love tea. I enjoy an orange and sip (HA!!!!) a cup of coffee now and then. I love my spices. Where do all of those come from? Definitely not from the UK. Some may be from Europe. I can live with that. But again that pesky aeroplane that buggers up the ozone and climate for all the stuff that comes from further away.
Do I really want to make that much of a change? Uhm, no. Not really. So am I a bloody hypocrite (sorry for my language)? Is Greta right in saying that we adults don’t really want to change anything and apply SEP very very consistently? Well, I am going to work down my SEP’s one SEP at a time. I am a person who needs to do things one step at a time. I can’t do everything at once. Your SEP’s are your business, I won’t bother with them. But I can’t get rid of the feeling that it would be great if we’d let go of them together and started to really care!
video source: AsapSCIENCE via YouTube
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