So, a good friend & I were chatting recently.
She’s one of the relatively few people to whom I’m able to say (mild-ish) things about near-term extinction – the human extinction I believe almost everyone now accepts is coming – though there is certainly a wide range of opinions about the timeframe & likely speed of events/impact (some folks, of course, just plain deny its possibility – yet with little real credibility, wouldn’t you say??).
Does anyone really believes All Is Well Here On Planet Earth? – & that we can assume much of anything, really, about what’s coming in our own lifetimes, on the global level?
Some of the people I know are advising Brace For Impact, & I’d have to say, this counsel strikes me as wise. The climate stuff going on all around us is #OffTheCharts. & economic chaos is likely also headed our way (or jeez, already here…).
So. We were chatting, this friend & I, as I say. My friend gave a summary of what she believes are the things that Really Matter.
& I thought
Wow. Yeah. Now there’s a nice tight little summary, hmmmm?
She & I are both crazy about trees & forests, pretty much, love to bike & cross-country ski &/or be out in a kayak or canoe. Nature-lovers. (Lots of people these daze seem to think life exists inside one device or another, & don’t seem to be noticing the planet going down in flames around us – the dying trees, oceans, species, habitat loss, runaway climate change, etc. etc. etc. Oblivious’R We, apparently.)
So. Nature – upon which we all rely utterly, dudes, hmmm? – though perhaps not all realize this??
- Air for breathing
- Water for drinking
- Earth for growing food in
Yet here we are, trashing it all, fit to beat the band
at a furious rate
(furious both in terms of speed & ferocity)
& have been doing so for 1000s of years now (no, it isn’t a new phenomenon; it’s just that with our exponential population growth, our impacts too have become exponential)
& really, one can scarcely even take it in!
I still walk most days.
Will be a “nature-lover” until I croak
& I think
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Yup yup yup yup yup.
Pity we’ve made/keep making such a horrific mess of both, mostly.
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been give much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” – Oliver Sacks, doctor, neurologist, prolific author, in his book Gratitude, essays written during his last 2 years of life
“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Viktor Frankl
p.s. NTE section of the blog here. Links to resources you can consult (plenty of ‘em!), some pithy quotations … even a support group! 🙂 There are postings on grief, here &here. Grief is for real. We’re allowed to be sad! (I think we’d have to be made of stainless steel, not to feel grief about what’s going on all around us … don’t you??)
p.p.s. this gem came my way yesterday. Joanna Macy on how to prepare internally for whatever comes next. 🙂 🙂 I’m a big fan of Joanna Macy. This is one wise, wise woman.