Uncommon Sense

April 17, 2021

We Are All In This Together

Filed under: Culture,History,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 12:43 pm
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In a comment on another post, my friend shelldigger (he never clams up, have you noticed? :o) said this:

“Well, unfortunately the sort of thing that pulls people of differing views together, in the short term anyway, is some sort of disaster/immediately justifiable war/or tragedy of enormous consequence. Even then it won’t last long. We have to figure out how to overcome the lie machine that is right wing media.”

In response, I started by typing this “People seem to have come up with ideas for new religious concepts that have taken off and acquired a following. Could not a secular idea do the same? It is claimed that the feeling/idea of “we are all in this together” worked to fuel the US economy after WW2. It seems that such a concept could be used to create a new attitude toward one another. I am inspired, by myself, to write on this . . . :o)”

Okay, brace yourself, Bridget!

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We Are All In This Together
If your next door neighbor decided that he was going to dispose of his household trash and garbage by throwing it over your fence, would you like that? I picked this question because of its mind-numbing obviousness. Of course, you would not like that. Maybe if you were titanically confrontation adverse you might just pick it up and dispose of it with your household trash, but I don’t think that would happen all that much.

So, why don’t neighbors do such things? Maybe it is the repercussions, you know, your irate neighbor pounding on your door, or throwing your trash and garbage back into your swimming pool, those kinds of things.

Well, we have been doing exactly this for centuries now. We adopted the practices when we lived farther apart and maintained them as we have moved to living closer together. We have all dumped air pollution into our local atmospheres, to be breathed in by one and all. We have dumped our pollution, trash, and sewage in our streams and rivers to be shared with those downstream. (One of President Trump’s acts was to remove the stricture placed on coal mining companies from dumping toxic mine tailings into public streams and rivers. Thanks Donald!) A recent study showed that at best, about 3% of our planet’s surface has remained unaffected by man’s presence. There is garbage strewn all over the place on the summit of Mount Everest, for Pete’s sake.

And if you think we were any different in pre-historic times, think again. I grew up on the San Francisco peninsula. Researchers there discovered mounds, small hills, of shellfish shells there. What they learned is that the native Americans would set up a camp nearby, for months or longer, and strip everything edible from the landscape. All of the shells were thrown in a midden pile. When the pickings became slim, they packed up and moved on to another traditional “hunting ground.” After some time the area recovered and the tribes would return and do it again, and again, and again, leaving small hills of the shells of their efforts for future generations to find.

Studies show that rainwater and waters from high mountains now contain polyester and other microfibers in them, as do all of the fish we harvest from the oceans and lakes.

The time is right for the message “we are all in this together.” The CO2 dumped in the air in Florida, affects us here in Illinois. Pollution created in China, affects countries half way around the planet.

We are dumping our garbage over our neighbor’s fence.

Can’t we all get along? Rodney King asked this (after being brutally beaten by LA cops) but his question never got answered.

We are at a point in human history where this question seriously needs to be addressed.


Because we are all in this together and we can no longer ignore that fact.


  1. Side note — I occasionally drink Snapple juice (not the tea) and on a recent trip to the grocery store, I noticed they had changed their packaging … and all their formerly GLASS bottles are now PLASTIC.

    Just one more addition to our already-overflowing lakes and streams. But hey! Plastic is no doubt cheaper and so PROFITS are increased! A MUCH more important consideration, right?


    Comment by Nan — April 17, 2021 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  2. All that aside, what’s so worthwhile about the human animal that means it should be preserved?

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    Comment by The Pink Agendist — April 18, 2021 @ 4:44 am | Reply

    • If you can’t be self centered, they’ll take away your “Human Card,” then where will you be?

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 18, 2021 @ 7:52 am | Reply

  3. We are not all on this together…just people who would like a good future for our prodigy. Many people are totally apathetic and lack any empathy for someone else. Greed and power reign supreme and are killing us all slowly but surely. I would say not even half feel we are all in this together.

    And my favorite (not) little group, the religious, don’t care a flip about the earth. For them it’s all about their privileged position in heaven with their golden streets, endless harp playing and their lust for their over abundance finally satisfied and screw those who didn’t get the beliefs quite right.


    Comment by maryplumbago — April 18, 2021 @ 11:59 am | Reply

    • Yet, if you asked those heaven-obsessed whether they would like us to facilitate them getting there, most would decline, so deep inside they want to be here and want it to be a good life while doing that.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 18, 2021 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

      • I think somewhere deep within most of them, they know it’s all BS.


        Comment by maryplumbago — April 18, 2021 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

        • Every time I thought I knew another person’s thought process I have been wrong. They may suspect it is BS or not even care but if they knew it was … that would be the height of hypocrisy.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — April 18, 2021 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  4. “Because we are all in this together and we can no longer ignore that fact.”

    Except, everything about our society runs on a monetary trade system. We work jobs to make money for everything. Most of us are too busy just trying to keep up with the monetary demands, that we have little time to be concerned with most of the big issues. We don’t have the time or the resources to do much of anything about everything.

    The entire system, is the reason we have run our world of excesses, to the point where if we don’t stop what we’ve been doing for the last 150 years, it’s going to kill us all eventually. It’s the snake eating its tail. We can’t stop doing everything in our power to make ends meet, keep a roof over our heads, and hopefully have enough left over to eat. And our constant demands, continues our constant contributions, to all of the things that threaten our very existence.

    The only way to fix this, is change the system. But, there’s too much profit at the top. Those guys aren’t giving up the $$ or the control. We are stuck here for the forseeable future. It’s probably already too late to turn things around. Even if we could, it will take too long, and be too little an effort to rightfully fix it.

    We are borked. Screwed. Stick a fork in us, we’re done. It’s just a matter of time. Life has thrived on this planet for many millions of years, and we have completely screwed it up in less than 200 years.

    Greed, will kill us all.

    I might have got up on the pessimistic side of the bed this morning… I’ll clam up now 😉

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    Comment by shelldigger — April 18, 2021 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

    • Greed. Will. Kill. Us. All.


      And you would think those at “the top” would recognize that once the “workers” have moved under the bridges to live, their source of wealth will eventually dry up. Granted, it will take a couple of hundred years … yet slowly but surely. Of course, since we are a people who live for TODAY, the theme song will continue on into the ages … “don’t worry, be happy.”

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      Comment by Nan — April 18, 2021 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

      • I have to believe that they all majored in “shortsightedness” in college. Even that social troglodyte Henry Ford understood that destitute workers weren’t going to become customers for his cars. He alienated his fellow fat cats by driving wages up, not down.

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — April 18, 2021 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

    • I am with you (I know, shocking isn’t it!). I think we need to adjust out “pay as you go culture” to include costs to the commons (pollution and what not) and we need to take care of one another better by enacting universal healthcare and a better distributin of healthy food. we can do those things and make us better in short order. We can make public education a priority as they have in Finland and other places. There is much we can do to make things better, without throwing up our hands at the enormity of the tasks ahead.


      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 18, 2021 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  5. Oh, I might add, I have seen middens. They are trash piles of the American natives. I can say this, it’s all natural. Theres nothing in a midden that will harm the environment.

    Everything we do, does, in some way or another. You might say we are pretty damn good at it.


    Comment by shelldigger — April 18, 2021 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

    • I gave that example as to the behaviors we have all done down through the years. At one point “dilution was the solution to pollution” but we have run out of clean diluents to make the necessary dilutions.


      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 18, 2021 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

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