** 4th in NYC Climate March series. The others are:
Preamble: This is pretty weird. I drafted this yesterday, when I was still feeling high (see previous post). Didn’t get it posted. Woke up this morning having crashed, finally. (The high had to wear off eventually, of course!) I’m at the laundromat, I look over the ‘Plug In’ posting draft, & voilà! It’s the pep talk I wrote for others yesterday, that I need for me, today. Ain’t life funny?? Glad I can cheer my own self up, with what I write ostensibly for others. Woo-hoo!!
So. I simultaneously do not believe in a long-term future for our species.
& remain thoroughly “plugged in” as an activist. (& glad as heck I went to NYC for the march. It was a real barn-burner!!)
I will continue to
- Work as an anti-nuclear crusader (see here & here)
- Pick up plastic & other garbage as I walk along the Boardwalk
- Volunteer for the Red Cross (brand-new at this gig)
- Campaign on behalf of progressive politicians
- Donate more $$ to charitable causes than I can “afford”
- Buy/eat organic whenever possible
- Simultaneously love people/our species & also be disappointed/sickened/appalled/outraged/scandalized/shocked at what some people/politicians/corporations/governments are doing to this beautiful Earth that sustains us, & is our only home
- Walk, be grateful
People/writing/activism/protesting/speaking my mind
Rev me up, energize me, & I'm also simultaneously energized & inspired by the people I meet & hang out with.
My advice to you?
There is no way of “saving yourself.”
We’re all in this together.
We might not have an awful lot longer.
As Guy McPherson says, it's a good idea to lead “lives of excellence.”
I can’t put it any better than that.
p.s. Who do you figure you are here to be?? I’m pretty sure I’m being who I’m here to be – doing what I am “meant” to do.
I’m also pretty sure it doesn’t get any better than that.
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men [people, surely!] do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
Bonus Quotes for Today:
“This may be the last gasp of life on Earth, and what a great last gasp, if we realize we have fallen in love with each other. If you are really in the moment of experiencing our reality, you don’t say “Oh I won’t experience this because it’s not going to last forever!” You’ve got this moment. It’s true for now. We can have a reasoned concern about what is down the track, without necessarily getting hooked on something having to endure.” ~ Joanna Macy
“I can say that it is time now to play ‘the end of the world’ symphony. I don’t know what instrument you hold, but you need to play it as best as you can, & find your place in the score. You don’t have to play a solo here. But this is our task now.” – Dr. Sandra Steingraber, in a recent interview with Bill Moyer (you really MUST see this interview!) ** a few more Steingraber gems here
4 Rules for Life: Show up. Pay attention.Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results. – Angeles Arrien, U.S. teacher, author (1940 – )
Why are we here? “We are here to help each other through this, whatever this is.” – Mark Vonnegut, son of writer Kurt Vonnegut (quoted in Vonnegut's last speech)
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” – Helen Keller (1940)
** collection of good links about NTE (near-term extinction) on this blog, here
** tons & tons of inspiring quotes in ‘Quotation Central!’ section