Do not underplay the seriousness of the situation i which a neighbour cuts down the trees on our street


I’ve come home to notice that the bloke across the street as finally got what he want; in cutting down all the Ash trees at the bottom of the street, on a patch of vegetation that belonged to neither of our households. We told him we didn’t want those trees to be felled, but when it comes to him and his saw; it is a bit like the scenario of an aggressive supermarket chain, that just sits and waits and waits until it has an opportunity to implant one of its stores into your town.
So, I enter my house, voice my anger at this by saying ” if there was six billion of this person, we’d all be dead all ready!!” (the ‘all ready’ bit – referring to the fact the this small mindedness, when acted out globally, results in mass deforestation)
I received the usual patronizing reaction, which equates to the notion of “me ‘going over the top’ with everything as per”, “after all it’s only a couple of trees!”.
Ive found that it people find it generally easy to ‘pigeon hole’ me as an ‘angry young man’, accompanied by the idea that ‘he’ll grow out it, when he grows up, when he gets a girlfriend!’. Well, I’m 25, going on 26, now, and I think its arguable that I’m leaving the transcendence from ‘angry young man’ to ‘accepting and conforming man’ a little too late. The truth is, if one has to be pigeoned holed, then I should be put in this category: Lapsing into despair but trying to avoid a suffocating apathy Young Man.
I firmly believe that I see the world from the top down, its endemic I cannot stop it: I see little things collecting/joining and leading to bigger things, and bigger things getting nastier and nastier. I hate thinking this way, as it’s apparent that the ‘other way’ is an happier way, because I smile possibly less than anyone else I know.
I know I put people off from talking to me, I don’t like this scenario, but it doesn’t look like its going to change in the short term. However, I do feel, because of who I am, that I should never be expected to pacify things like ‘a few trees being chopped down’: if people do expect me to to do so, they may get a depressing reason as to why I don’t.

About John Ledger

A visual Artist, eternal meanderer and obsessive self-reflector by nature, who can’t help but try to interpret everything from within the tide of society. His works predominantly take the form of large scale ballpoint pen landscape drawings and map-making as social/psychological note-making. They are slowly-accumulating responses to crises inflicted upon the self in the perplexing, fearful, empty, and often personality-erasing human world.

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