Puzzling Paradox (wrt NTE)

<NTE = near-term extinction> On the one hand, knowing all I know about

  • Nukes, that is everything nukes, from A – Z (too much, too much, far too much, enough to crush a person’s spirit, to be perfectly 100% honest with you)
  • Climate change (that is, everything climate change, A-Z, & including recent revelations about methane & melting of Arctic/Antarctic ice: yeah, enough to scare the crap out of a person)

:( :( :( :(

& then, on the other

Here I am, still washing plastic bags. :)

Still can’t bring myself to just toss ‘em in the trash.

(& no, I know far too much about plastics recycling to have any naïve faith in that)


I personally have been suspecting this little human gig was going to end “badly” for a lot of years already, maybe a couple of decades now, to be honest

So it’s not really news, not to me (nor to a great many others, I am sure, including many-many-many who will not admit to this publicly…)


It’s the seemingly-ever-accelerating imminence of the threat of our likely extinction

that has me a little rattled.


I had the thought today that

I’m not really afraid of it.

Only when I think about it.


Heh heh. :)


When I’m out having a great walk (the daily walk saves my ass)


Or writing something

Or having a really good conversation with someone

Or listening to some great music (especially when I’m singing!)

Or being helpful in some way, to someone


When I’m fully immersed “in the moment,” in other words


I’m fine.


But when I consciously think about how this extinction gig is likely to actually go down


Well, let’s be honest, it scares me more than just a little.[1]

I wonder how long I’ll go on washing plastic bags??

Heh heh.

:) :)



p.s. now I did give up recycling beer bottle caps some time ago now. A big deal at the time, believe it or not. :) So this is an ever-evolving situation, I guess…


  • NTE section on this blog here
  • NTE posts listed/linked here
  • NTE Resources here
  • Graphics here
  • Quotes here


‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “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

** tons more great quotations about truth here

Some other possible/relevant quotes:

“…the world sometimes feels like the waiting room of the emergency ward and that we who are more or less OK for now need to take the tenderest possible care of the more wounded people in the waiting room, until the healer comes. You sit with people, she said, you bring them juice and graham crackers.” From "Traveling Mercies – Some Thoughts on Faith," by Anne Lamott

“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox, full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said, ‘Do the best you cando with these, they will have to do.’ And mostly, against all odds, they’re enough.”   From "Traveling Mercies – Some Thoughts on Faith," by Anne Lamott

“I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us.” – Dorothy Dix

“When asked what he would do if the world were to end tomorrow, Martin Luther reportedly answered, I would plant an apple tree today.” ~ “Caring for creation: Vision, Hope and Justice,” A Social Statement from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Singing in lifeboats!

Nature Therapy


[1] Fortunately, I am pretty good at living mostly “in the moment”; I think it may be one of the enviable traits of Aries people; & for this I am eternally grateful!