I consider myself a person with a good sense of humor. I try my best to decipher the appropriate times to let go and laugh. This is not one of those times. Recently, I noticed some jokes on social media centered around the California drought. I not only find this in bad taste but extremely offensive. I am a California girl born and raised so I am naturally protective, but I have other reasons. The drought is much more than a shortage of water. Thanks to the lack of rain and scorching temperatures, the Golden State is kindling ready to ignite. Hearing about or driving by a fire is a daily occurrence. A few weeks ago, the shopping center where I work was more crowded than usual because people were waiting for the smoke from a nearby fire to clear from the air. Of course some fires are started by people, but the dry conditions invite the flames to spread with open arms. Farmers are scrambling to protect their livelihood. Families have lost their homes. People have lost their lives. Is that funny?? NO!! Yes, there are selfish people who have not taken the drought seriously, but that is not an excuse. It doesn’t matter what your personal feelings are regarding this state. Next time you want to poke fun at the California drought, remember the people whose lives are being negatively affected. Let this be a lesson to us all: educate yourself before opening your mouth.
If you need more proof of the devastation, here are links to eye-opening images: