Got thinking this morning about habits.
Musing on the thought that good habits are hard to break.
(I have a lot of “good” habits cultivated over the past 3 or so decades, in attempts to be frugal, consume less, use less energy, all while trying to “save the planet”… as if!!)
It’s pretty abundantly clear that while these habits may have always made me feel good (& that’s quite true; they really have), they’ve done absolutely nothing to keep the planet (or our species) in good shape
# We Are Toast
And I reflect that I’m still doing most of them because…
Good habits are hard to break!
Leading to the inescapable thought:
If “good” ones are hard to break, imagine how hard “bad” ones must be!!
“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs, one step at a time.” ~ Mark Twain
Lately I often muse that we human beings are similar to ants in some ways.
- Around & around we scurry
- Reproducing enthusiastically
- Very busy creatures indeed are we!
We humans have pretensions, though, it seems to me, that I suspect the ants utterly lack (though who can say for sure??)
We think we are Pretty Damn Hot Shit
So …. well, you know
We really do take ourselves very seriously. Have put our own species (many of us our very own selves, also; can you say Egos on Steroids??) on a very high pedestal indeed.
You needn’t look far to observe that we are, um, perhaps not quite as brilliant & spectacular as we have been telling ourselves. Mmmmmm?
The ants are not destroying their very own homes, in all their busy scurryings, while pretending to themselves to not be destroying Planet Earth & ourselves, all the while.
# Ants with Pretensions 'R Us
# Self-deluded Are We
So many “bad” habits we human beans have, eh??
p.s. plenty more on the topic of NTE (near-term extinction) – a whole list, including graphics & quotations, in the Collections posting. There is also a section in Collections on grief – 'cos thinking/knowing about NTE can certainly cause one more than a little grief.
p.p.s. some good reading/viewing, designed to lift spirits:
- Recent article: Climate chaos, mass extinction, the collapse of civilization: So what if we’re doomed? Some good insights & great musings on beauty. Great timing for me to have seen this. Yay! No kidding; it actually cheered me up quite a bit.
- Anne Lamott talk on 12 things she’s learned about life
A quote or 2 to throw in:
“Let us face it: an Earthling’s sense of humor and fascination with sex makes it impossible for him or her to concentrate seriously on anything, even his or her survival, for more than an hour at a time.” – Kurt Vonnegut in a speech in 1972
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him think.” – Rebecca Solnit
“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Viktor Frankl
“I encourage people to pursue excellence, to pursue love, to pursue what they love to do. I don’t think these are crazy ideas, actually – and I also encourage people to remain calm because nothing is under control, certainly not under our control anyway.” – Guy McPherson, the NTE (near-term extinction guy) in a November 2016 interview on a New Zealand radio station. (My introduction to McPherson came in this 2012 blog posting, ‘We’re done.’ He has a mind-blowing item on his blog called ‘Climate-Change Summary and Update’ that could really, well, blow your mind.
“There is not much truth being told in the world. There never was. This has proven to be a major disappointment to some of us.” – Anne Lamott in the Prelude to Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith
“The cure for states is feelings. As I discovered that day in the shower, unlike states, which tend to congeal, feelings will run their own course in due time. Despite the often expressed male fear that if one were to let oneself cry, one would never stop, tears, in fact, eventually taper off if one lets them. Feelings are not endless, but our numbing attempts to avoid them can last a lifetime.” – Terrence Real in I Don’t Want to Talk About It – Overcoming The Secret Legacy of Male Depression
“If you can’t have a good relationship with somebody, then you should at least have a good relationship with your work. Your work should feel like … an incredible person lying next to you in bed.” – the character Ethan speaking to his friend Jonah in the novel The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
** btw, I have to tell you that the main document I store most of my quotation collection in (there are actually multiple documents) is 133 pages long. I could go on for hours with great ones here. Do check out the Quotation Central section of the blog if you are so inclined. It doesn’t have them all, but there are good ones a’plenty there! In a whole bunch of different categories.