Red Alert: We Have Foresaken Your Planet, Abilene Plum.

Via on Feb 27, 2009

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This morning Abilene and I found a Monarch Butterfly drowning in the swimming pool!

We thought it was dead, but when we touched it with our net it fluttered!

…so we set it on the side to dry, and after awhile it flew away!

Yes!

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Dearest Abilene…

You were a very good nurse to that butterfly today,

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you are moving through the stages fast!

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Before we know it, you’ll be grown;

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I wonder what the world will be like then…

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Will it be suitable to live on?

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You love your tree so much! Every time you go outside you have to run around it about 50 times!

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Did you know that people cut down trees like yours so that they can have something

soft and disposable to blow their nose on?

It sounds awful,

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but it’s true!

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Your dad is teaching Aristotle again right now,

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and the other night he was wondering…

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if during times of injustice,

virtues actually run counter to the social norms.

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For instance, there may be a time

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when people see no problem with cutting down ancient forests in order to blow their nose once,

because they believe whatever makes them happy is OK.

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(They might even judge you poorly for carrying your own hankerchief.)

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But Abilene when you see a butterfly drowning, you’ll pull it out of the water!

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Maybe if everyone got together,

as many people as we could get…

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the pursuit of happiness wouldn’t have to run counter to the pursuit of what’s good.

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But we’ll have to go fast! 

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Or else…

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Love,

Mommy

Useful links for making Revolution today:

*Nobel Prize winning scientist Christopher Field testified before the senate on Wednesday with new

findings on Climate Change.

*Greenpeace downloadable tissue guide

*350 is the most important number on our planet right now. Did you know?

About Joana Smith

Who I'd like to meet: Superman's Children, eco-warriors, truck drivers, persephone, roller derby queens, nurses, scientists, givers, priests, yogi, storytellers, people who don't know right now, playwrights, philosophers, people who are more visual, people who hop trains, performers, poets, seamstresses, activists, Spider-Man, kids, rangers, Snow White, dj's, massage therapists, people who work with their hands, bunnies, sportsracers, people who work in offices, dancers, baristas, artists, cleaners, climbers, Jeff's sister, Colbert, Skiers, Bikers, skaters, surfers, ani, people who are recovering, trees (and flowers), people who will die soon, gardeners, horses, Jolie-Pitt, soon-to-be mothers, margie's daughter, astronomers, people who are scared, girls who wear black and listen to the Smiths, cuffmakers, lambs, Miranda July, the man in the moon, Bono, people from 'round here, Obama...

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6 Responses to “Red Alert: We Have Foresaken Your Planet, Abilene Plum.”

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