Petrol, Beauty. Oxymoron?

A petrol leak in a car park on a rainy day.

How can something so damaging to the environment, so harmful and poisonous, something that pollutes our world and condemns our future generations, how can something so awful be so… beautiful?


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 7theaven
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 06:32:02



  2. zorgor
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 02:08:57

    Because no one or no thing is all good or all bad. Even Hitler. He was a child once. Heck, he was an alter boy, and later a painter. Then it all went to shit. :)

    (Woo! I win Godwin’s law!)

    Petrol just is what it is. It is not good or bad; it’s not even animate. Oil is naturally occurring. It’s our abuse of that is, well still not bad, just harmful.

    I love art like this — that sees the beauty in something so demonized, belittled or dismissed… Great photo!


  3. zorgor
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 02:13:51

    We spend too much time and energy I think, imbuing things — especially inanimate objects — with moral judgments. Gasoline is not bad, it’s just that now that after we’re using it globally, we’ve discovered some serious negative consequences…

    So yeah, um, very thought provoking post here… :)


    • TLS
      Feb 10, 2012 @ 23:55:29

      Great points! Never heard of Godwins law before – very interesting, and I’d say almost definitely true! Hitler always seems to crop up in conversation with me too, whenever I explain why I don’t eat meat and people disagree with me, I always get the “well Hitler was a vegetarian..” comment, haha.
      I love the comments you made, some very cogent arguments. Thanks zorgs :)


      • zorgor
        Feb 11, 2012 @ 02:40:49

        No way. I did not know Hitler was a vegetarian. That’s just… well the universe never gets tired of throwing up the most ridiculous surprises does it?

  4. Emmie
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 17:03:59

    TLS Hi, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this post. It was practical. Keep on posting!


  5. Josh
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 02:13:43

    TLS Hi there, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this blog post. It was practical. Keep on posting!


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