Updated: 10:26 PST, Sunday, March 5, 2017
Elaina goes to take a shower and the pervasive odor of contaminated water leaches into her nostrils, fighting its way inside of her nasal cavity and past her inferior nasal concha. She doesn’t realize the water she is ingesting and showering in is contaminated with lead toxin that has effects which are virtually irreversible. She lives in a run-down apartment (arguably a shack), in Flint, Michigan – a city plagued with lead-contaminated water that runs rampant through the blood of young children in the area. However, this impoverished town is among a not so expansive myriad of towns affected with the same issue: in fact, all other Michigan cities don’t have this problem and use a different water supply. Flint is seemingly on their own. The crisis started when the city switched its water supply and stopped treating its water supply with phosphate, which would prevent the pipes from eroding and leaching lead into the water. This has been an ongoing problem, and the solution of removing the pipes that would administer lead to the water supply would take 15 years to completely replace. Flint Mayor named Dayne Walling is inquiring with the State of Michigan as it whether it can receive $10 million in funding to ameliorate this issue.
What I’m curious about, is why Dayne Walling would need to ask the State of Michigan for the money when he is living in a day in age where a corrupt government is a reality? He is also living in a day and age where people are rapacious, and show blatant disregard for the well being of others, a theme that seems to ubiquitously run through the veins of this country. I don’t see why Billionaires who have obscene amounts of money such as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, etc. can’t prove their worth and help the world, in a way that doesn’t just bring them money. I don’t understand what their need to sustain $60-$85 Billion Dollars is – as much as we’d all love to have that novelty diamond studded pillow to go with our new duvet covers on our bedspreads. I hope that Mark Zuckerberg could avoid acquiring the label of Mark Fuckerberg, and Bill Gates can propose a Bill called “Gates” where he donates just $1 Billion of his $86.5 to a cause such as the Flint water crisis. I don’t mean to confuse you, I am a huge fan of Bill Gates, but there is a difference between being a fan of someone’s accomplishments and believing in the morals behind what’s fueling their actions and executions. Mark Zuckerberg I am by no means a fan of, especially after he stole 700-acres of Hawaiian land by purchasing it for a ridiculously cheap price, all because of his avarice for development. What a way to disenfranchise benevolent people who don’t have the ability to defend themselves, well played, Mark.
All I’m asking is that people need to open their eyes and realize that these Billionaires might think that they are in the right with what they are doing and that their work here is done – but it has far from begun. They need to realize that the meaning of their existence should be to help the world, and those under unfortunate circumstances (such as the Flint Water Crisis), should be able to embrace them with open arms.
There are lessons to be learned.