It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I have been doing a lot of (as my grandfather calls it) “deep thinking” over the last month. Every day I look at the news, there is some other horrible consequence of climate change. Today, it is that North American moose populations are taking a nose dive.
Between all of the climate change news, the government shutdown, my company preaching for a goal of “sustainable growth” in revenue and profit (not environmentally sustainable mind you, financially, and putting aside that essentially by definition, growth is not sustainable, but hey if we all knew that perhaps we wouldn’t be in this global mess to begin with right?), I’ve just about had it.
You look around wanting to help; somehow, anyhow. But there is just so much crap that we humans have created that the best solution I can come up with is to pray for the universe to just wipe itself clean of us and start over. I want to believe (I really really really) want to believe that our society will figure some way out of this mess. But the more I see, there is just simply no reason to believe that it will happen. Everyday citizens are not reducing consumption quickly enough. Governments in general, and unfortunately the United States in particular, has and will likely continue to respond too slowly and too impotently to make a difference before it is too late. Who knows – maybe future generations will be happier — at the rate technology is advancing it is increasing likely that “virtual” reality will be much better than “real” reality in the near future. Perhaps wildlife will be more fun in a video game than in person.
In the words of the late Ronnie Van Zant, “Lord take me and mine before that day comes”.
Anyway, all of this is resulting in my oscillating between two potential futures:
- Heading to Mexico, procuring a lifetime supply of tequila, Xanax and other happy pills, then going on an extended walkabout through America’s
nationalstate parks (I’ll re-include National Parks when they’re open again if we don’t end up having to sell them to Canada to pay our bills — thanks, GOP a-wads!)
- Going back to school and trying to help fix the mess that us humans have gotten ourselves into.
I know that I should follow Buddha’s example and choose the “middle way”; I’m just having a hard time figuring out what that way is at the moment. Sometimes to make it through you just gotta do a shot or three and watch a stupidly funny movie. That’s my plan for the next couple of days.
In the mean time, I leave you with a great song by Sting, “Lithium Sunset”. As with many of my favorite songs, this features melancholy lyrics superimposed atop relatively happy music. It includes deep introspection, heartache, but with a healthy touch of hope. And as often is the case with Sting, clever imagery and at least one word or reference that you have to look up — musical and educational!
“Lithium Sunset”Fill my eyes
O Lithium sunset
And take this lonesome burden
Of worry from my mind
Take this heartache
Of obsidian darkness
And fold my darkness
Inside your yellow light
I’ve been scattered I’ve been shattered
I’ve been knocked out of the race
But I’ll get better
I feel your light upon my face
Heal my soul
O Lithium sunset
I’ll ride the turning world
Into another night
See mercury falling…
P.S. To any family who may be reading this, don’t worry – this is (mostly) a joke 🙂