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An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock; it’s beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth… Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them.

-Pope Francis

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The prophet Bob (Catholic Worker Bob Waldrop) denounces drought policies tilted, as all things are, to benefit the rich:

The City sent everyone in town a brochure this week describing the new City contingency plans for watering restrictions during drought.  At first glance, it looks reasonable, even prudent, but there’s a big devil in its details, and that is its total silence on the subject of swimming pools.  Apparently, those who own backyard swimming pools will be able to empty and fill them at will even in the worst stages of drought emergency!

Meanwhile, those of us who have planted food gardens out of economic and nutritional necessity will not be able to hand water our food plants even though others will be allowed to wallow in tens of thousands of gallons of water for their upscale backyard pools.

Sounds odd to me.  If things are so bad that we can’t water our food gardens, it seems to me we shouldn’t be able to fill pools either.

And is this a truly universal policy?  Will it be applied, for example, to golf courses, which get free untreated water from the City?

Sauce for the goose should always be sauce for the gander, but that’s not the way things typically work in Okie City, where who you are, and how much you have often matter much more than the common good.

Being a helpful and postive person, though, Mr Waldrop offers strategies for resistance. Read the whole thing here.

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