Project 313 – Post No. 093

Good faith . . . it’s what everyone wants. I don’t mean faith as in believing in this or that supernatural thing and/or bearded or non-bearded being. By “good faith” I mean honesty. 

For instance, if a salesperson is working on commission, I’m less likely to believe he’s acting in good faith. Before salespeople jump all over me, it’s just an example; the same thing applies to every business I know.

Strike that; every successful business I know. I mean, I understand it, but I don’t have to like it. Why am I bringing this up? It’s because I read THIS article and it got me thinking about all the time I’ve been asked to conserve, recycle, and otherwise complicate my life to “help fix” a problem that is a) not of my making and b) not going to be solved no matter what I do. 

For instance, I’m supposed to minimize my impact on the environment. I did that; Melisa and I decided not to have kids. Our impact on the environment is both limited and finite. Yet, I still got grief for driving a Suburban. For them who live in other countries, a suburban is approximately 19-feet long (5.8 meters) that can carry (in the configuration I had) eight passengers rather comfortably . . . and their luggage. Mine had a 40-gal tank which, depending on driving conditions, gave me somewhere around 550-to-650-mile range. 

80% of the time, it carried one person (me).
19.8% of the time, it carried two people.
0.2% of the time it either had additional persons or a cat.

These days few remember a time when people made threats against people who drove large fuel-inefficient cars, but it was a thing. 

No one threatened people who had multiple kids. 

I often get pushback when I warn about overpopulation. The argument is that we have more than enough of everything for even twice our current number and even if we don’t, technology will come to our rescue. Think about that for a moment and see where it leads you.

So, back to good faith . . . when I hear a politician, celebrity, self-declared pundit, or even an earnest (if misguided) “regular” person spout this or that warning about this or that thing, I am sure of one thing; there is very little good faith on the part of that person. 

They might be earnest in their lamentations but said lamentations are always aimed toward others. Others should change their ways; others should compromise; others should stop doing whatever they are doing. Just once, I’d like to see someone cast that proverbial first stone with a clear conscience. 

Pick an issue you care about or that you heard you should care about if you want to appear as a caring person. I’m willing to bet it’s either an issue that doesn’t impact you or it’s an issue that you hypocritically contribute to even as you complain about it. 

I mean, there might be exceptions here and there, and if there are, good for you. 

And now, the photo:

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That’s a treatment of a crystal that was on the counter at our dentist’s office. Yes, I’m forever snapping photos of everything I think I might be able to use here on the blog . . . and many things that I’ll probably never use. 

On average — in addition to photos I snap with my Nikon — I take around 300 photos a month with my Samsung Note 8. Yes, an average of about ten a day. 

Obviously, I don’t use them all, and that’s why photography is a hobby. It’s for my enjoyment; if it was a job, I’d be trying to sell them or somehow make money from each and every shot. Why, I might even have to ensure they are of sufficient quality to impress a potential buyer.

Failing that, I could invent a fake story to go with the photo.

For instance . . . “wanna buy that photo? That crystal belonged to the wife of a man who knew the gardener of the butler that used to work for the Kennedys. The gardener sold it to him and it’s speculated the butler threw it out the window and into the garden when the police came with a warrant to search the butler’s home for some papers that had gone missing; papers about a certain accident involving a car and a bridge in a place with a name few can spell correctly. Said papers had gone missing and the butler was under suspicion of having taken them . . . because the butler is always the culprit. But all the butler had done was steal the crystal. Whaddya say? Only $47.50 and I’ll throw in the fake frame.”

. . . I got to get me that Ph.D . . .

I like both color and monochrome photos. I’m not sure it’s equal. I mean, I’m not sure I like monochrome as much as color photography (or vice-versa). I’m forever battling the urge to present both versions and often I fail; meaning, I often show both versions. 

It’s difficult describing the significant emotional turmoil faced by someone in my shoes as they struggle to decide one way or the other . . . but I can draw a graphical representation of the struggle and give it an evocative title to aid in the visualization . . . Monochrome Swirls Battling Remnants from Arlecchino’s Costume.

Monochrome Swirls Battling Remnants from Arlecchino’s Costume

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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15 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 093

  1. If I believe it, it must be true, right?


  2. colonialist says:

    Religionists certainly can’t say they act in good faith, because unfortunately their faith is entirely misplaced on rather bad and unimaginative fiction.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. paolsoren says:

    I once knew a fellow who had a very rare philosophical belief system and he and his wife had ten children. When I asked him how come he had so many kids he explained that it was to add to the number of people who would then be able to promote their belief system. I wasn’t impressed.


  4. PHOTO: Beautiful jewel tones and it looks like peacock feather colors to me!
    CARTOON: HA! No one wants their sandwich swiped!
    DOODLE: Great combo of colors and like the swirly motion!

    HUGS and Happy Monday!!! :-)


  5. Good article; interesting post. ..”hypocritically contribute to even as you complain about it. ” You hit it here.
    Living “simply”, recycling, “repurpose, reuse” – all trendily mouthed frequently now, but still not the same as what those words meant previously – like in the 60-70’s.
    Had to laugh a few weeks ago when someone in Berkeley warned of population overwhelming/damaging the Earth so stop having kids….rewind. Deja vu all over again.
    Where’s the “conspicuous consumption” phrase? (really if the old phone/vehicle works, is it necessary to by the newest – upgraded one? There’s cost to the environment for production of anything…including clothes and furniture – many of which now don’t seem to be made to last long term – but don’t bother people with the reality of old electronic batteries or manufacturing byproducts…)
    Plastic bags blowing everywhere, but none can bother to pick them up. Plastic straws used to be only for children and sloppy adults – no one wanted to sit in either of those categories.
    You’re so right. Conscious decisions and change of attitudes – without those, nothing
    Sigh. Going outside.


    • disperser says:

      In slight defense of “some” upgrading . . . I used to have electronics (before we moved) that I couldn’t use because some of the new stuff didn’t have the connectors for them. For instance, my old Atari console can’t be hooked up without a special adapter (since I bought it in the 80s, I’ve had two adapters I had to buy and I don’t know if they make one for modern TVs). My old phones stopped working not because they broke, but because the carrier no longer supported the signal band they used.

      Typically, I keep stuff until it no longer functions, but the other aspect is that users prefer low cost and cheap quality to high cost and higher quality. Hence all the “new” old stuff no one wants.

      I don’t see plastic as a big evil other than people are litter-bugs . . . and there are a lot of people so that even the actions of a small number has a large impact. I absolutely want plastic cups and bottles to be used at the beach (for safety) but people leave them there. One solution there is to make people pay an additional fee for not returning them (and more than the nominal 5-cents deposit). If you had to pay 50-cents for every plastic bag you get at the grocery store, you might rethink using them (or paper, for that matter).

      There may be other solutions that we haven’t even though of because we’re not talking about it. But, underlying all of it, 7.3 billion people heading ever higher.

      Every one of them needs clothes and food and water and housing . . . plus, they want other “stuff”.

      Here’s another post I wrote back when we had 400 billion less people in the world (four years ago):

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      • Yes, that Commodore computer is pretty sad and not a good door stop. Too few want those parts as jewelry/art work – now when we figure out how to make building materials (acceptable by the general population) out of discards it might be win-win.
        No bag fees and bottle deposits can make a difference – if the price is high enough.
        What would really help is people picking up their stuff. And just trying to live thoughtfully in nature and city (and car)


      • disperser says:

        People picking up their stuff?!?

        . . . that’s . . . that’s just crazy talk! . . . Un-American, even.

        . . . picking up their own stuff! Sheesh; what will people think of next!

        On a serious note; there are a fair number of homeless here on the Island (as there were/are in Colorado Springs and I suspect elsewhere). Many of them comb the various garbage bins for cans and bottles they can turn in for the deposit. The majority of them treat it as a job. Some of them with obvious mental issues are less conscientious about it.

        Where we used to walk, we would see this one lady with obvious cognitive issues systematically empty garbage bins, but not to get the bottles. She would take items out and throw them away from her (and the garbage can). If it didn’t land what she considered far enough, she would walk up to it, pick it up, and throw it a bit further.

        That’s an extreme case but we live with people who see the world very differently. I’m not sure how we get people to line up with common goals for the common good.


  6. AnnMarie says:

    Really like that crystal photo and all its wonderful colors!

    Liked by 1 person

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