Except of course, they aren’t. Our world is chemicals, our life is chemistry.
This rant is brought to you by yet another TV talking head rabbiting on about
“natural remedies, not those chemical ones”
Sorry Kochie, all those natural remedies are full of chemicals too. Chemicals don’t only come from factories, where they are not created but refined from naturally occurring raw materials and recombined to form new compounds.
Chemicals are also combined, recombined, recycled and recombined again every time you, me and every other animal breathes and eats, just for starters. Chemicals also gad about when every plant respires and photosynthesises – every plant and every animal is made of chemical elements and every natural remedy consists of active ingredients that have consistent conventional chemical names e.g. vitamins
This idea that chemicals are nasty and unnatural and dangerous is rampant. Why? Is it because of the many signs and images like these?
It’s as if people see HazChem signs about “dangerous chemicals” and think that the message is “dangerous CHEMICALS” instead of “DANGEROUS chemicals”. “Dangerous” is a modifier there, not an absolute descriptor – like DANGEROUS dogs, or DANGEROUS rocks, or DANGEROUS intersections, or DANGEROUS goods – everybody understands that not all dogs or rocks or intersections or goods are dangerous, so why the difference with chemicals?
Mind you, having once rolled my eyes until I got a migraine while listening to a horrendously smug motivational speaker (<= oxymoron alert) describe how he just loved "new car smell" and actually sold his cars to underlings as soon as they didn't smell that way any more, I cannot resist doing a Muntz.
Tangent the First:
While on the topic of the Lacking of Clue, I’m not quite enough of a meanyhead to actually send the Conspicuously Clueless to this link (yet, anyway) but I have to say I love it deeply.
Tangent the Second:
While searching for images of chemicals, I also found this shot taken in an abandoned chemical factory. Straight out of Blade Runner, what?
I also found this cool shot (which I’d seen before and may have even blogged already (yonks ago) of scale models of our Solar System. The Sun and the planets are all made of chemicals too, natch.