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There’s no humor in killing environment | Letter


Regarding Harry Anderson’s homage to lawn mowing, “Mowing the Grass: A Spiritual Experience,” really?

This is wrong on many levels.

1. He says he “withdraws into a mystical realm” when he puts on his ear protectors so he doesn’t hear his neighbors power tools. Huh?

I doubt he would be able to hear his neighbors’ weed whackers, chainsaws and lawn mowers above the racket of his own machines.

2. As for the abhorrence of using a push mower and sweating? I give you Teddy Roosevelt: “The things that will destroy America are: prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich theory of life.”

3. Lastly, he speaks of “the connection between human and machine that tames nature but doesn’t destroy it.” I hope you mean “tame” in the sense of St. Auxbery’s “The Little Prince,” where the prince must demonstrate to the fox that he can be trusted not to hurt him.

But, we are taking the world apart so that you can “tame” your lawn. We are beheading mountains and killing streams and rivers to get coal; destroying the Gulf of Mexico — BP oil is till coming up in the gulf and the cleanup crew and children are suffering and dying from contact with it and the toxic dispersant Corexit — wasting and poisoning our drinking water through hydraulic fracking and creating a Mordor in Alberta extracting tar from sand there.

Your lawn mowing is contributing to the acidification of our ocean and melting of our solar sunshade, the arctic ice cap.

Sorry, Harry but your message just does not resonate in this the Age of Consequences. You don’t tame a hurricane, tornado or the rising sea. Our dabbling in the dark art of fossil fuel use is not a spiritual experience but a Faustian bargain. We are killing ourselves for convenience. Dana Lyons offers another perspective in his song “Ride the Lawn.”

Gary Piazzon



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