Darwin’s Nightmare

What a great film. I thought it was just going to be about Lake Victoria, but really it’s about all the people affected, both directly and indirectly, by the Nile Perch fishing industry in Mwanza, Tanzania. It was an excellent film to help prepare me for my trip, as Mwanza and Arusha are both large cities, with the sorts of problems large cities often have.

In other news, I’m going to try a new trick to rid me of the character flaw I refuse to let go of. Instead of being enraged by the fact that pretty much nobody in LA knows how to drive, I’ll just remind myself that being angry isn’t going to make them better drivers. All it does is make me hoarse. I calmly face all manner of atrocities going on in the world by simply focusing my energy on what I can do. If I can’t do anything about it, it’s not my problem and I need to ignore it. But if there is even a little bit I can do to help, well, I do that, instead of sitting around bitching about it. Serenity prayer in action, cutting through traffic like a hot knife through extra-crunchy peanut butter.