Today let’s talk about synthetic plastic fibers being in our municipal drinking water; another reason why we’re not all ‘that’ smart; 10 surprising natural resources our beleaguered little planet is running out of; and strange things about our bodies that you probably don’t know about.
We’ll begin with:
Synthetic Plastic Microbits Pouring Out Of Municipal Tap Water
OK, so 83% of the Earth’s tap water is contaminated with synthetic plastic waste.
Not if anyone had stopped and thought about probable cause & effect from massive use of different forms of plastic. We belatedly figured out that fertilizer runoff from farm fields ended up downstream, didn’t we? And, we were able to link asbestos insulation to cancers like mesothelioma, weren’t we?
It’s not like we’re incapable, or anything!
On the other hand, our love affair with plastics goes back, at least, 6 decades.
For example, a 1967 1 word line from the movie ‘The Graduate’ was so prophetic that it’s both scary and
Only 2 sentences were used to set up the punch line: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word…
That one word was, “Plastics”.
The screen writers, Buck Henry and Calder Willingham, probably added the brief scene to illustrate the disconnect between college age students and ‘grown-ups’. After all, in 1967, popular media’s glorification of the Age Of Aquarius, had shifted onto the growing horde of anti-establishment hippies burning bras and draft cards and generally prodding the backsides of society’s collective conscience.
Society, more or less, survived the hippies, but I’m not so sure about how we’re gonna protect our health and our planet from the consequences of 7 decade’s worth of synthetic plastic in just about every manufactured product we use.
You’re Smothered In Plastic ‘Stuff’
It’s near impossible to go through a normal day without using something made of plastic, or with plastic in it, used to make it, or packaged & shipped in it.
The Dell laptop I’m whacking away on has an outer shell made of metal and hard plastic. The extra dark french roast coffee I’m sipping is in a over-sized plastic-based thermos cup and was brewed in a plastic coffee maker.
My computer glasses have plastic frames and lenses, my sweatshirt and Levis, although 100% cotton, were surely manufactured in/on looms with poly plastic parts, as was the suede leather Lazyboy recliner I’m stretched out on.
Even the cream you use to exfoliate your skin, works because microplastic pellets added to the solution make it abrasive.
The world cranks out 300 million tons of plastic each year. More than 40 percent of that mass is used just once, sometimes for less than a minute, and discarded.
But plastic persists in the environment for centuries. A recent study estimates more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced worldwide since the 1950s…”
OK, we get it, the stuff is all over us.
But, we still don’t wanna drink it. (We’ve been filtering our drinking & cooking water for years: In Home Water Filters
Learn more about this problem when you click on the following blue link: Plastic Pollutants
10 Surprising Natural Resources We’re Running Out Of
If you read the above whine about plastic, you’ll know we’ve plenty of that stuff to last for thousands of years.
So we ‘ain’t running outta plastic.
But, we might be on the path to running out of sand.
Yeah, sand. The same stuff that sticks to your butt when you’re frolicking and rolling around on the beach somewhere.
Other than being in your clothes after a beach outing, sand is in things like windows, glassware, toothpaste, (honest), concrete, road surfaces and used in pretty much all phases of construction.
And, we’re in danger of running outta it…
Who’d ah-thunk it?
See 9 other surprising natural resources getting scare when you click on the following blue link:10 Surprising Natural Resources We’re Running Out Of
Strange Facts About Your Body
Here’s a strange one that isn’t on the list I’m going to tell you about:
Somehow, or nother, I’m nearly 2 inches shorter than I used to be!
When you’re a man who finished his vertical growth span somewhere in the vicinity of the height of a runty 6th grader, you don’t really have 2 inches to spare.
Oh well, onward to strange & weird facts about your body…
Did you know that your brain is 80% water? I knew there was a lot of some kinda ‘filler’ in there, but didn’t realize all that sloshing around stuff was water. (I’d like mine without plastic waste, thank you very much!)
Or, that women smell better than men?
Uh, an average woman’s sense of smell is more accurate, and further advanced, than an average man’s.
And, how about this one: all things being equal, (is that even possible?), being right-handed can mean living up to 9 years longer than a ‘lefty’.
Wanna see a list of 50 fun things about your body, click on the following blue link: 50 Weird Facts About the Human Body
You Can’t Judge A Look By It’s Expression
My Mom was a 5-foot nothing dynamo who could dry up my false sense of security with one of her looks.
Years later, my Wife sometimes eyeballs me with a look that’s so similar to my Mom’s that the blood in my veins turns to ice and my emotional well-being fast-freezes.
For years I thought those ‘looks’ meant they were disappointed and most definitely disapproved, of my behavior. Which made me feel defensive, scared, resentful and angry when I couldn’t figure out what I’d done to upset the most important women of my life.
Although I never brought any of those feelings up with my Mom, after years of self imposed suffering, my Wife & I did talk about how the ‘look’ made me feel.
And, it turns out I was reading her expressions and body language totally wrong!
She wears that ‘look’, and it is describable, she explained to me, when she couldn’t figure out how she could help me with something I was struggling with.
Her explanation was a little more complex, but that’s the crux of it.
Thinking back to Mom’s looks, there’s a plausible connection. Meaning I was probably reading her expressions wrong, too.
Which brings me to our emotional intelligence.
Most of us think we’re good at interpreting how other people are feeling and thinking i.e. emotional intelligence:
Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others.
It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own emotions and cheering up or calming down other people….”
Me, before I get too carried away with labeling other people’s emotional signals, I try to remember how wrong I was about deciphering the expressive signals I observed on my favorite person on the planet, Mrs. Thorpe
I think that’s helped me become a more sensitive person.
Anyway, click on the following blue link to see how your emotional intelligence stacks up to scientific research: You ‘Ain’t As Smart As You Think
Talk to you next time. Until then…