First – thanks to Sheila Sinkie for the photo taken yesterday at Ben Hur!
Next – end times. Yeah – what a cheerful topic that is. But let’s leap into it.
I used to scoff at the notion of a “bucket list.” Just do what you do and live your life, was my attitude. And now, maybe I am re-thinking it all. I read a great piece today in The Guardian – a famous. older scientist who has been advocating for life (no other way to put it) all his life. He has predicted trends and the way the world is going with pinpoint accuracy. He says it’s too late.
I think he’s right.
What particularly struck me about the article was the bit where he talked about politicians and people in general looking ahead to the end of this century – he considers that short-sighted. What about beyond and beyond and beyond?
He also noted that if we were to stop burning all fossil fuels today, it would be too late. And no one is about to give up their car or their next vacation flight, let alone a job or profits.
Hence my question, “If not now, when?”
I feel I need to give this entire issue great thought. I am also grateful to my love, who was on this before I was – and who understands the seriousness of our situation. In a way, he has dragged me kicking and screaming into pulling my head out of the sand and facing this square on. Like most people, I didn’t want to confront the bare, honest, ugly truth. After all, who wants to live their life in a state of fear/stress/anxiety/despair?
But here we are – we have a massive unhappy truth facing us. We are reaping the seeds of destruction that we have been sowing for a very long time.
The question is, what now? I won’t pull the blankets over my head and hide – not literally anyway. I won’t take a cyanide capsule – my work here is not finished.
It starts with going to my beloved mountains in two days and spending 3 weeks hiking in the alps – and I won’t force thought – I will let my mind travel down the paths it chooses, trusting it will pick good ones.
After that, I come back to my love – I think/hope that together we will find a way.