FAMILY PRAYERS Bless us for our greenhouse gases that we may scorch things up and raise the level of the sea by between 20 and 140 centimetres. Bless us our conservation of the malnourished, the poor, sick, homeless and bewildered masses so that we the few may continue to reap the fruits of self-righteousness. Bless us our want of suffering, loss of life and severe economic damage in the deltas of the Nile, Ganges, Mekong, Yangtse and Mississippi rivers. Bless us our complete annihilation of the Maldive Islands. Bless us our loss of soil moisture in the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, where most of the world's grain is grown. Bless us also for the vast dessication of both Africa and South America. Bless us the impending dust-storms which shall sweep the great American plains and strip life-soil from around the withered roots of the wheatfields. Bless us for our ability to change climate, direction and rate of ocean currents beyond reason. Bless us that with added warmth we are able to make rice sterile and reduce the sexual reproductive capacity of trees. Bless us our acid rain, our atmospheres full of nitrous oxides and suphur dioxides so that we may treat our eco-system to a slow painful exit. Bless us our mercury in salmon and cadmium in geese. Bless us our chloro-fluorocarbons for they shalt plunder the ozone of the north so that we may become cancerous. Bless us for dumping as much lead, zinc and mercury into the Mediterranean as we do our rivers. Bless us our growing concern for ourselves so that we may turn our heads, close our eyes, take a deep breath, and turn out the light.
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