- What a shame that this poor man seems to have fallen into a veritable tarantella of fear, jealousy, denial, outraged ego and mental unwinding. Has he developed Alzheimer’s, perhaps, or possibly, ironically, become a victim of his own toxin-laden enthusiasms? Or… could these paroxysms of rage be this man’s frantic response to the admittedly heart-gulping realization that his whole career — hence his many-decades long reputation — has been predicated upon beliefs and developments now generally accepted as having been dangerously fallacious from their inception, and highly toxic to many more organisms than was originally thought, back in the post-WWII days?
- September 13, 2010 8:29 AM
- He would come out looking, and BEING, far more honourable, believable, admirable and, above all, TRUSTWORTHY if he could make a supreme effort to conquer his bowel-churning fear, putting aside ego and self-interested tirades in favour of making a long, careful, honest and OBJECTIVE study of the organic/natural/’green’ advocates’ legitimate concerns about the witches’ brews of pesticides, herbicides, etc. concocted in the labs of the unprincipled, for the profit of the greedy, from some of the deadliest chemical combinations on the planet!
Mr. Drysdale might emerge from such delving, one would hope, a wiser and more informed man (I have to wonder: does he already know the answer, but feel he’s already dug himself in so deep that there’s no turning back now? BUT, THAT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THE CASE! After all, most of us at one time or another clamp onto a ‘poisoned bone’ of some sort and run with it for awhile, until we finally wise up and drop it. But, luckily for most of us, we don’t have such a public forum (or vested interests…?) as Mr. Drysdale, which puts him at huge risk of being humiliated, vilified, ridiculed, and rejected in any number of ways — so his fear and fury are completely understandable, distasteful and untenable as one may find their expression.
- September 13, 2010 8:32 AM
- But just think, Mr. Drysdale: how wonderful, what a laudable legacy to leave in your wake, and how utterly admirable if you were to face your thousands of devoted admirers and say something along these lines (and, yes, you’d probably find it VERY hard to do, even to the point of cold sweats and nausea, but it just might save you from whatever’s destroying you from inside. It might be worth at least a think-about):
“You know, friends, I’m terribly sorry but I’ve been s-o-o wrong — in fact, maybe even willfully blind — about such a crucial issue, for such a long time, and I want to talk to you about it. I really and truly didn’t know it back then, but I do now, and I’ve got to get this off my chest to you before it kills me… or you, or someone dear to you. I only wish I’d learned all this sooner, and not been so stubborn and vindictive, for all our sakes. From now on, though, I promise you that I’m going to do all I can to help those enviro-crusaders I’ve been dissing to turn that toxic juggernaut around! Now that the scales have fallen from my eyes, I’m going to spread the word. I’ve come to believe that all of us working together — you and I, Margaret Attwood and David Suzuki and, yes, Paul Tukey (mea culpa, sir, mea maxima culpa!) along with millions of others — we can do it. We can accelerate this 11th hour push to turn things around, to stop our headlong rush into an environmental Armageddon. I may not have kids or grandkids, but I know many of you do, and it will be the major part of my mission, from now on, to try to make this a much safer world for them and their descendants, one protected by birds, insects, mulch and companion-planting for starters — not the products of BigChemiKill Corp.! I’m done with them; I’ve come over to the other side, the NATURALLY green one. From now on, if I go on crusade, it’s going to be in support of a righteous cause, and I hope you will join me.”
Much as I hope for this turnabout in perception, I fear it probably won’t happen, and it almost causes me despair. Because, Mr. Drysdale, you COULD do it, if you WOULD.
What a pity if you can’t or won’t do something along these lines, Mr. Drysdale. I believe that you have the power and the influence to be a force for such great good in your field, to mitigate — to a much larger extent than you might believe — the ongoing, evil, greed-driven destruction of the vulnerable, natural world which you profess to hold so beautiful and so dear to you. Please, I beg of you, PROVE IT — to yourself, as well as to your many admirers — with your words and your actions. Besides, just THINK of the heroic legacy you would leave; so many people would love you for it.
- September 13, 2010 8:33 AM