In case you haven't seen it, I wanted to share a link to an article in yesterday's NY Times called "The Earth is Full" by Thomas L. Friedman.
The article is sobering--as it should be--and actually echos a book I am reading currently, "Eaarth" by Bill McKibbin. Both works pretty much suggest that we are already beyond a tipping point with Nature and that with current population growth and non-sustainable practices, we are headed for significant difficulties. I know for many of you, this is not new--and the hardest part is to look at it and really hold the tension it carries so that something eventually new can arise.
If you haven't read the article--and even more so, I hope you'll consider it. I think we owe it to ourselves. Anyone else read either one and have thoughts you can share?
Interesting article leaving me with one question: How does the author actually see this shift happening? I am assuming that he does not believe we (captains of industry, internet gurus, minimum wage earners, and the homeless) will all wake up one morning as enlightened beings willing to sacrifice what we have for a better tomorrow. Nor does the extreme seem to be the picture, where there is a great tragic leveling leaving the rich on the same level as the poor (assuming the poor will somehow gain as the rich lose ground). I'm hearing the potential for revolution, sadly violent, to wrestle the reigns of power away from those who currently control decisions from seats of financial and communication power.
Can anyone give me a brighter future scenario that I can share with my grandchildren?
I'm an unfortunate contrarian when it comes to much of this. The Earth isn't our problem; we're the Earth's problem. The planet has been infested with life for a few billion years, and somehow, no matter how hard we try, I don't think human beings are going to come close to eradicating 95% of the species we currently share it with. In any case, I'm willing to place my faith in human insanity and the relentless irrepressibility of nature, though perhaps the two are one and the same.
And that aside, nothing lasts forever. I'm not sure how many more smog-smudged sunsets I have ahead of me, but I do not want to lament the beauty of any of them.
Oh, thank you, Bonnie. I didn't mean to sound callous or flip; it's just that life on this planet has been around for so much longer than my little mind can fathom, and has survived far worse than the current cascade of changes. What we might consider a poisonous environment some other happy little algae would label heaven, and partial as I am to we humans, I'd far prefer to cherish the mystery and chaos anxiously wring my hands about preserving a state which can't possibly--at least looking at the earth's long past--be preserved. Life will go on, just as will death, and if nothing else, we can always look forward to our bodies once again returning to the soil.