What You Call Progress, I Call the Rape of the Natural World… #MakeADiffsMonday

I just watched the Carte Blanche episode on open cast mining next to the Pilansberg Game Reserve. I felt physically ill to watch how some more of the most pristine bush in our country has been raped and pillaged for money. The area now consists of a huge gaping tear in the country side at the expense of all the creatures living in it, all the plant life, the water table, and the indigenous people in the area.  I just broke down in tears that just keep flowing as I write this blog.

The biggest joke of all is the mining companies’ claim that it won’t affect the water in the area. Yeah right. And that they will rehabilitate the area. Yeah right. That they are uplifting local communities.  Yeah right. We all know how that’s going to turn out. See how one of the mining houses paints mining as such a happy story – it’s only happy for the big bosses of the mining houses isn’t it.  The destruction they leave behind is never mentioned. It all just reminds me of the movie Avatar.

I just feel so completely sick to my stomach. So completely helpless. Why, why, why, why, why do people do this? Why do we let them? Why? Does nobody care anymore?? Please, I BEG you, I beg each and every one of you, please care, please! Do you not feel it? Does it not rip at your insides to watch this happening?  Really? Are you that out of touch with your connection to the Universe, are you that numb? I don’t understand how it doesn’t cause you physical pain to bear witness to the destruction of our environment and all its creatures.  Don’t you know that you – you sitting in that chair feeling powerless and just too tired to care – has the power to change everything? No don’t look behind you, look in the mirror!

Do you really think it’s ok to destroy every inch of nature around us for money? That it’s ok to maim and torture animals under the most terrible conditions just to feed us?  That it’s ok to rape and murder children in the name of religion and war? That it’s ok to spend trillions on stupid war games when millions of people starve every day?  To purposefully mess with the food system so people are guaranteed to get sick so the pharmaceutical companies can make even more profit?  Do you really not understand that we are intricately connected to water, air, soils, plants and animals around us?  That when we’re finished destroying our environment we will have no quality of life left to us; does no-one get this??

The sooner we blow ourselves up the better. We don’t deserve to be here. We have taken everything that is beautiful and just destroyed it – the environment, the goodness in people, love. It’s all gone.  I completely get why people get so absolutely infuriated with the state of the world, I really do, because I get just as furious. It’s from sheer frustration of the magnitude of wrong that has been done over the past 150 years and continues unabated.  And it infuriates me even more when people of means, great influence and highly intelligent brains waste their considerable talents on frivolous nonsense that is only part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Well this is me coming out of the closet.  I will stand for this no more.  I am going to do everything in my power to make people wake up, see what’s going on, and demand the right to live a humane life that is respectful to all life.  To not settle for an existence that supports only the super-rich megalomaniacs running the system who see us as expendable slaves! I refuse to play this game of destruction for another minute and am going to change my entire journey to get out of the city, off the grid, self sustaining, and living in harmony with nature.  My every waking moment will be in pursuit of the truth and a better life.  My journey is being documented on Sustain Me.  If you’re not up to hearing some very uncomfortable truths, and are happy to be a slave to the system, then this would be a good time to unsubscribe from me, because I’m not going to let up.  I’m going to shake the tree until everybody just wakes up!  I’m angry!  I’m really angry!

Staying positive today has been extremely challenging as the weight of all that’s wrong on this planet is laid out before me.  Watching that episode was the last straw on the proverbial camel’s back.  It’s hard to believe that all there is, is love; when all you see around you is hate, destruction and despair.  I need some time to get my head around everything, to figure out how I can be part of the solution!

So to my ever faithful SharePoint followers, my apologies to you, but this blog will no longer only be about SharePoint.  It’s going to be about awareness and education on what’s going on out there.  I get on average 10 000 visits a month, I have a responsibility to use this audience wisely.  You are all humans, living here on this amazing planet.  These issues affect each and every one of you.  If we carry on the way we are, we won’t be around in 100 years.  That means your grandchildren will bear the brunt of total destruction of nature.  Sure you want to leave that legacy for them? I don’t have children and not planning on having any, and I’m starting with the man in the mirror!

Open Cast Mining

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  1. Veronique, I’m with you! Frustrated does not even begin to describe how I feel about this, especially what you said about the food industry and prescription drug companies.

    This is a subject near and dear to my heart, as I had multiple debilitating health issues and was misdiagnosed FOR 20 YEARS, put on various prescription drugs over the years that finally almost killed me in 2009. Once I got off all the meds, eliminated my food allergens (which was the root cause of all my issues, I was diagnosed by a naturopath in ’09 after I hit rock bottom, not one MD had a clue!!) and got rid of all the chemicals I was breathing in and slathering on my body, started eating organic, whole, REAL food, etc. etc. now I feel wonderful. So it saddens me to see so many people around me who are eating crappy, chemically-processed food and then thinking that a chemical pill will make up for their unhealthy lifestyle.

    I love your Sustain Me blog by the way! Keep up the fight! People may not want to hear this but it’s something that must be brought to light.


  2. You go Vernoique!

    100% agree with your efforts. At some point in my 20s, I realized how much I was contributing to the wreckage of natural destruction on our planet. I don’t do nearly as much as you do, but I do as much as I am willing at this point. I will continue to follow your blogs and support you. You are a gem.


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