Oracle of Consciousness

#66 - Ignorance
and Apathy


A lack of knowledge or information.


A lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern.

Ignorance and Apathy

Umm…these are two powerful words that most often are used in a negative connotation, but we can turn them around and use them as stepping stones into:

 Awareness and Action.


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After watching the extraordinary documentary “Plastic Planet” (and I highly recommend you do the same), I contemplated how we could have allowed our precious Earth to become infected with so much toxic plastic.

Plastic Planet -

And seriously infected it is, affecting every form of living species on our planet, including you, your family, friends, pets and food chains and many other areas.

In deep, meaningful contemplation, the words Ignorance and Apathy came to mind.

Plastic manufacturing companies around the world in order to remain competitive, feel a need not to disclose the content of their products.

We (the average consumer) do not know what is inside them. Well some of us do now, thanks to some brave investigators and researchers who have thoroughly analysed many plastic products used in our daily lives.

The food industry in most cases, (although some have circumvented this process), is obliged by law to disclose the content and volume of their edible products, so that we the consumers can inform ourselves about what we put into our bodies.

But what about the packaging? What if the petro-chemical based packaging is not safe and can leach toxins into the food, thus poisoning it and us the consumers?

Would that concern you?

Well no, not if you are totally unaware of what poisonous toxins are within the containers!

That would be our ignorance, for which we could pay a heavy price, with respect to our health and wellbeing.

Believe me, ignorance
is NOT bliss!

And dear readers, this is where our ignorance has been perpetrated upon us.

We are not supposed to know and the companies along with their regulators with a vested interest in our ignorance, have deliberately worked it this way to keep us in the dark and silent.

Well we better not be silent anymore, if we want to remain healthy, have healthy children and enjoy healthy grandchildren.

Our ignorance can be cured by investing a little time in informing ourselves of the dangers lurking within many of the plastic products we use on a daily basis.

Oblivious of their noxious content, we will continue to poison ourselves and our Planet we call home.

Contemplate this: When we throw away our plastic and other toxic rubbish, where is away?

There is NO away!

If we randomly discard our rubbish it can end up in our waterways, flow into our oceans and gets returned to a beach somewhere near you.

Think about this -
there is no away!

If waste is burnt it can produce and send out noxious vapours, depending on its make-up.

If we bury it in a landfill, toxins can leach into the water table and poison the ground.

It can contaminate soil, ponds, waterways and the air we breath.

It may potentially have a profound effect on our health and well-being.

Poor waste management regularly destroys animal and marine life along with their habitat.

It can negatively effect local economies, tourism and quality of life.

It can deny us the opportunity to recycle, reuse, repurpose, etc.

It can add to atmospheric greenhouse gases when it undergoes the decomposing process.

Once more, there is no away!

For us the consumers, we have a reason to be concerned and can potentially turn that concern into non-violent and appropriate action, because research is now proving that many of the containers we use to store and transport food products contain carcinogenic materials, which when consumed results in cancers, infertility, obesity and ill health.

It pays to become informed!

Do I have your attention now?

Okay, enough about ignorance, I am sure you have got the point.

Let’s now talk about another subject – Apathy.

Once we become informed, we must in some way be moved to action.

It is not enough to grasp our cheeks in disbelief, mutter obscenities about the petrochemical companies, polluters, governments, et al, and immediately take to the streets in protest to ban all forms of plastic on the planet now, today, because believe me, you are most likely surrounded by a myriad of plastic products as you read this.

Stop right now and take a look around your surroundings and identify what items are plastic and originate from the by-products of crude oil.

What do you see?

No doubt loads of them everywhere and the reality is, we are not going to cease producing them overnight, because we haven't created more sustainable, renewable and regenerative alternatives, but they are being worked on as you read this.

In the meantime we do have some choices available that offer alternatives, so I recommend making those.

Become Conscious Consumers, choosing products and services that enhances all life on our planet and this awareness will bring about change.

In the meantime I will leave you with this thought:

If not me - Who?

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If not now - When?

The solution to Ignorance & Apathy lies within you and me.

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Its called Consciousness