Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
No comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Please Put Me on the Endangered Species List

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

Become a Fan
  (19 fans)

Because of the Endangered Species Act, the Gould's wild turkey, the largest of the five subspecies of the bird in North America, won't be on our dinner plates this Thanksgiving. I'm happy for the bird and I wish him and his flock many happy survivals from bushwhackers' shotgun pellets.


I wonder, though, how the Gould's wild turkey and more than 1,200 other species managed to get on the endangered species list and not me. I'm not happy that my immediate descendants and maybe everyone else on earth could become extinct before humankind ever smartens up. I hereby petition the government to put me on that list. Threats of annihilation are taken fairly seriously there, except by the odd Bushwhacker in the White House.


Granted, I'm not as noble a creature as the Bald Eagle, Stellar Sea Lion, or San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat. But I'm darn sure my species deserves to live as much as others on the list, such as the Mississippi Kite, Kentucky Crawfish, and Indiana Bat. Call me the Black-and-Blue Michigander, an especially endangered subspecies known as homo-autogargantus.


Under the Act's protection, I would expect vigorous intervention on my behalf from the enforcer of the Act, the new U.S. Fish, Wildlife, and People Service.


To fulfill its mandate, this Service would have to determine the date at which the world's rapidly dwindling number of forests and trees will no longer be able to absorb the amount of carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere from consumer and industrial sources. The Service would then have full authority to act quickly to stop this deadly progression.


As a first step, the Service would initiate a corporate intervention program. This program would hire psychotherapists to conduct spot checks of corporate executives, requiring mandatory on-the-spot therapy to root out their emotional addiction to self-sabotaging behaviors. That's the addiction that brought down the Detroit Gassy Roadrunner and the Wall Street Sewer Rat.


According to the first principle of self-sabotage, we are fated to repeat our mistakes if we don't learn from the past. We haven't learned from the past because we don't honestly examine in the present our $motives, $impulses, $desires, $cravings, and $fetishes. Live by the dollar, become extinct by the dollar.


The world is spinning in a hurricane of self-sabotage. Maybe the shock of being listed as an endangered species will inspire us to evolve more quickly. Gratitude and thanks for all the blessings that money can't buy can then wash over the terrorist, the imperialist, the exploiter, and the little I at the center of the storm.

Peter Michaelson is an author, blogger, and psychotherapist in Plymouth, MI. He believes that better understanding of depth psychology reduces the fear, passivity, and denial of citizens, making us more capable of maintaining and growing our (more...)
Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Three Great Truths from Psychology

The Problem with Positive Psychology

A Hidden Reason for Suicidal Thoughts

Psychological Roots of National Disunity

The Hidden Cause of Clinical Depression

Rebutting 9/11 Conspiracy Beliefs


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
No comments


Tell a Friend: Tell A Friend

Copyright © 2002-2014, OpEdNews

Powered by Populum