Common themes represented here:
Harm reduction/refusal to name the agent. Literally dying for some fresh air, and to get back to nature? Does your home — and your life — feel stifling and dead to you? Why might that be? (See also Femicide for more information on that ever-present dying-feeling. It’s not just you.) This commercial made me laugh and laugh, but there’s something very thought-terminating about it too. That’s probably because it’s a…
Reversal. Dangerous chemical compounds added to your already chemically-saturated malemade environment will make you feel better. Artificial reproductions of natural fragrances are as good as the real thing. Nature smells like chemicals. American National Parks, which are in the custody and control of the United States government, are the same thing as untamed nature.
The rather bizarre concept of National Parks actually inspired me to Google:
In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed the Act creating the National Park Service, a new Federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 40 national parks and monuments then in existence and those yet to be established. This “Organic Act” of August 25, 1916, states that “the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations . . . to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
Wut? How about, if we want to leave them “unimpaired,” just refuse to impair them? You know, do nothing, instead of doing something? The very notion is anti-consumerist, I know. Plus, the National Parks Service provides jobs. And jobs are important. To maintaining consumerism (among other things).
The National Park Service still strives to meet those original goals, while filling many other roles as well: guardian of our diverse cultural and recreational resources; environmental advocate; world leader in the parks and preservation community; and pioneer in the drive to protect America’s open space.
The National Park System of the United States comprises 388 areas covering more than 80 million acres in every State, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, The Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. These areas are of such national significance as to justify special recognition and protection in accordance with various Acts of Congress.
By Act of March 1, 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming “as a public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” and placed it “under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior.” The founding of Yellowstone National Park began a worldwide national park movement. Today more than 100 nations contain some 1,200 national parks or equivalent preserves.
Bahaha! Controlling nature. That’s rich.
In the years following the establishment of Yellowstone, the United States authorized additional national parks and monuments, most of them carved from the Federal lands of the West. These, also, were administered by the Department of the Interior, while other monuments and natural and historical areas were administered as separate units by the War Department and the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture. No single agency provided unified management of the varied Federal parklands.
Carved? That’s a strange word. It does become more logical, though, when followed up with the reference to the War Department.
An Executive Order in 1933 transferred 63 national monuments and military sites from the Forest Service and the War Department to the National Park Service. This action was a major step in the development of today’s truly national system of parks—a system that includes areas of historical as well as scenic and scientific importance.
Congress declared in the General Authorities Act of 1970 “that the National Park System, which began with the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, has since grown to include superlative natural, historic, and recreation areas in every region . . . and that it is the purpose of this Act to include all such areas in the System. . . .”
Yes, let’s include absolutely everything in “the System.” Don’t leave anything out!
Additions to the National Park System are now generally made through Acts of Congress, and national parks can be created only through such Acts. But the President has authority, under the Antiquities Act of 1906, to proclaim national monuments on lands already under Federal jurisdiction. The Secretary of the Interior is usually asked by Congress for other recommendations on proposed additions to the System. The Secretary is counseled by the National Park System Advisory Board, composed of private citizens, which advises the Secretary on possible additions to the System and policies for its management.
Men are delusional. They are absolutely frothing mad. That is all.