Sometimes, even a nice liberal, humanistic pagan lady like myself just hits the mental brakes. Mind you, I am plenty capable of thinking some folks label “fuzzy”. (Though, in my defense? I would say it is seldom warm, ok?)
My husband and I don’t have much in the way of disposable income. We help our two disabled veteran sons survive by covering them with our roof, our utilities, groceries, and some help with insurance. We might have a major remodeling upgrade in the future and our well is sooner or later going to cost a small fortune. So, we try to enjoy life without going crazy in terms of consumer gullibility.
That said, I do buy organic produce more often than not and organic meat. I have a host of food allergies and sensitivities that lead me to believe that I am better off not further pissing off my tetchy irritable immune system. I don’t use pesticides and herbicides in my yard. I limit my junk food choices to rare binges. I try to live responsibly, reasonably, progressively.
But there are limits. Today, driving* to meet a friend for walking, I saw a reader board outside a small hardware store:
“ORGANIC HARDWOOD CHARCOAL”
Seriously? Mind you, they aren’t talking medicinal capsules. No, this is briquettes for the grill. Organic hardwood charcoal. Right. Because one has to assume that if one is trying to be organic in life more often than not, grilling might be a bit more rare because of the carcinogenic compounds formed BY cooking meat over flaming hunks of once-wood?
So, really, what good would it do to use organic charcoal? Do you then only get organic cancer? And hey, my snarky inquiring mind wants to know — do they shoot nasty smelly product like charcoal lighting fluid onto these oh-so-organic black chunks of charred wood? Organic hardwood charcoal. Yeah, my mind is just going to KEEP batting that one around and around like a tetherball.
*Yes, that wraps me round my own axle, too. To drive somewhere for the purpose of walking — but here, no sidewalks, no trails, no safety from drivers who act like they are having a race for car ownership.