Tar Balls In Galveston—Let’s Keep The Beach Of Hope And Progress Clear Of Toxic People, Corporations & Ideas
The first tar balls that originated with the BP oil disaster have washed up on the shores of Galveston, Texas.
Those tar balls you see above are from Padre Island in Texas back in July of 2009.
Once you’ve seen one tar ball, you’ve seen them all.
From the Chronicle—
“After workers cleaned the beach, the tar balls and oil were sent to labs to be analyzed. Officials confirmed that the oil was from the Deepwater Horizon spill. However, officials said the makeup of the oil was not consistent with having traveled 400 miles in the ocean. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the oil might have been carried on the side of a ship or in the bilge of a ship that had taken in water. More tar balls were found scattered along 1.5 miles on East Galveston Beach on Sunday. Officials have not confirmed the source of those tar balls, and are expecting test results on Tuesday.”
We all want to maintain a pristine beach of hope and constructive words and deeds—Both in our own lives and for the world as a whole.
At least this is what the people I wish to have in my life might well seek to accomplish.
And yet, the tar balls of anger, ignorance and greed keep washing up in our lives.
Even when we distance ourselves from the sources of pollution— while still meeting our obligations as active and involved citizens—then a ship comes and dumps the toxins right on our beach of hope.
No tar balls were expected in Galveston, yet some have now shown-up.
Toxic people, toxic corporations, and toxic ideas never let up in trying to tar the beach.
The good thing is that the cleanup crew of purpose and resilience will meet the challenge of the tarballs.
This clean-up crew consists of our own internal resources, the support of friends and family, and the knowledge that many people are good and caring. Also part of the clean-up team are the ideals that inform good people such as kindness, fair play for all, and a just distribution of the resources of the world.
Good people, good deeds and good ideas in combination give meaning and form to our lives and ideals.
We will clean the beach of hope as often as we must, and we will make progress no matter the extent of the pollution.
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