I found this poem recently, The Old Astronomer to His Pupil by Sarah Williams. I really liked the last two lines and they fit so perfectly, I felt, with the picture I had just finished working on that I combined them into something that I hope looks nice. Just a note, I know the text is a bit hard to read on a browser, but if you actually look at the image at something close to full size it’s perfectly readable. I’m putting the quote at the bottom for those of you who are too lazy. I put this picture together with GIMP it started off in a whole different direction, but eventually came to this.
“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
– Sarah Williams
Income inequality and economic injustice effects every issue this country faces, let’s just consider climate change. I’m sure you’ve noticed that there isn’t a lot of actual movement on the issue. Why? To my mind there are two big reasons for this and they both tie into income inequality. The most obvious is the fact that oil and gas tycoons have enough income to buy politicians and block real reform. If they had less money to spend they wouldn’t be able to block reform so easily. The second is less obvious, but nearly as important. There isn’t enough populist support for climate change legislation to overcome the money. Why not? I think there’s two reasons for this. First, there’s a media machine dedicated to denying climate change; again all the money showing its influence. Second, poor people have limited, but legitimate reasons to worry about how effective legislation will affect their lives. There’s a lot of people in this country balancing the cost of heat, gas for their cars, and food. A slight increase in energy costs could lead to more days going hungry every month. If these people had more money they wouldn’t have to worry and could be more supportive of climate change legislation.