Unfortunately, all of Carson's warnings, with the exception of DDT, are still valid and the environmental background of toxins is rapidly increasing and is killing our air, soil and water. I recently heard of a fairly sick game, Wal-Mart bingo, that plays on the human malaise caused by these chemicals and other profit driven techniques that are destroying the food supply to the general public. To play Wal-Mart Bingo, one chooses five possible sights such as "three hundred pound woman on motorized scooter", "single mother with five kids, two screaming", "obese couple, both with canes", etc.. One then assigns a B-I-N-G-O letter to each description, sits in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer, or any discount food store, and plays with regular BINGO cards. I had had a sinking feeling seeing the sorry health and rampant obesity of folks in those stores before, but had not thought of making a game out of it. This country's food supply is badly compromised. Even the predominate, sickly pasty complexions remind me of the living dead.
I have to stay in the here and now and appreciate the wonderful spot I am in. My experience protesting this and that since the 60's taught me that the only place I can make a difference is in my home and my neighborhood. The rest is pissing into the wind. Writing this essay helps me appreciate the beautiful place I am in and to realize that if I let the rest of the crap get me down, I lose. If I smile at a hummingbird, I win.
By Chuck Nafziger
May 8, 2014