Among Punishments and Ruins

Among Punishments and Ruins

We are living even now among punishments and ruins…Wendell Berry

Portland is not burning, but much of the Pacific Northwest is. Today, the smoke is thick and heavy and makes my throat sore. I get frequent updates from friends in Washington, Idaho and eastern Oregon. Wildfire smoke covers the region like a shroud and a new mother frets because even indoors the air irritates her eyes and wonders what it might be doing to her infant. Trying to be upbeat, a young woman snaps a selfie wearing a bandana to protect herself from the smoke with the comment, “The Sundance Kid Goes Grocery-Shopping.”  I tell a friend to go through her old photos and gather pictures for her friend whose home on the Nez Perce reservation was destroyed, knowing from my own experience that among the most enduring losses of a fire are the pictures and memories of childhood.

The wettest rainforest in the United States is burning. Widely and silently understood, the reason there are wildfires in a rainforest is perfectly clear to the people, but seldom expressed by the powerful. It reminded me of something Wendell Berry wrote. “The most alarming sign of the state of our society now is that our leaders have the courage to sacrifice the lives of young people in war, but have not the courage to tell us we must be less greedy and less wasteful.”

Berry also wrote, “Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”

Among Punishments and Ruins

Insilco North makes me think of a fire-scorched planet, scraped bare

WrongAlthough the science is settled,  you do not have to understand science to know whether we should act or not. All you have to do is consider what the consequences are for being wrong. If those who say we must act to save the environment are wrong, the worst thing that will happen is we waste some money, perhaps some people will lose jobs and maybe there may be a recession while the economy adjusts. It won’t be permanent. If the people who say do nothing are wrong, well, the consequences are devastating, permanent and fatal. With the consequences of a wrong decision so completely out of balance, why is there even a debate?  To go once again, to Wendell Berry, “We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives, so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption that what is good for the world will be good for us.”

Among Punishments and Ruins


So what does one wear to a dystopic future? I chose this tiered dress from Peqe called Cake. Now, there’s nothing essentially dystopic about this dress. In some of the other shades, it is quite feminine and romantic, but this homespun, heavy fabric suggests the kind of durable, practical fabric required in a future without electric washers and dryers. Among Punishments and Ruins

Comfortable flat sandals like these from Glamistry will be a must since we will be walking, not driving. Pumps and stiletto heels are not recommended in a a xeriscape.
Among Punishments and Ruins

However, ornamentation will still be important, though we might search for practicality. The Jafar harness from Peqe adds interest and could be useful in helping the dress defy gravity. The armbands from Azuchi for We Heart Role-play will provide protection as well as embellishment. These armbands are unisex and adjustable with a touch script. Just for fun, touch the minimum size, it’s so small it would fit an ant. Get four pair and outfit a spider! While the touch script certainly could go from large to small, it’s resizing increments were .05, .10, and .25. It would be nice if there were a .01 resize adjustment for fine-tuning. However, it is modifiable so you can just edit it manually.

Among Punishments and Ruins


PXL Creations has released Shara for We Love Role-Play.I added a helmet from MiaMai that is also for We Love Role-play as well as this gorgeous necklace also from MiaMai. For my hair, I used a hairless from MADesigns with an old hair style designed to go with a hair base released by Baiastice a few years back.

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Poses: Di’s Opera
HUDS: AnyPose Expression HUD v1.0 – Wear Me
PoseAnywhere HUD 2.0
Slink Ankle Lock
Skin: [PXL] Shara PA WLRP08 Makeup 03 REB C2 @ We Heart Role-Play
Mesh Attachments:
[LeLutka]-DIVA lashes
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Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Flat Right V2.2
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – L – Elegant1
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – R – Elegant1
Slink Physique Mesh Body V2.4 (ADD ME)
Appliers: Flair 240
Eyes: [PXL] STUDIO Eyes – Green (S)
Hair: .::MADesigns HAIR::. ~ Hair Base ~ Red V
Baiastice-Isis 2 hair attachment-RED
Clothing: PEQE – Cake (XS)
PEQE – Jafar harness (F)(M)
{Luxuria} Serpentine – Panties *pink purple ombre*
Miamai_Precious Hidden cap_Glare @ We Heart Role-Play
Shoes: Glamistry : COLUMBINE Sandals
Jewelry: Miamai_Redux plates necklace – Brass
Paper Couture Organic Hoops
[Azuchi] Armband Solo **Silver** @ We Heart Role-Play
Location: Insilico North

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