Which is more important to you, having good health or excessive wealth? Okay, on the chance that you are a money grubbing bastard, let’s change the question – which is more important to you, your children having good health or excessive wealth? If you are confused about there being such a thing as excessive wealth, then we know what your answer is. We can never forget while calculating the worth of our lives, that life is more than just our independent existence, it is the way our unique individualities interact with everything around us. Health and wealth need not factor into our interactions, but our answer to the question may give some insight into our personal natures.
We are a unique species. We have the ability to communicate abstractions. We can tell stories, we can keep history, we can envision futures and build them into our present moments. Our intelligence is what sets us apart. It’s what has allowed us to conquer the world and one another, and it is what may lead to our ultimate destruction.
There have always been alternate facts for those who’d impose their vision on others. This is nothing new. Everyone is trying to speak their own truth into existence, trying to live the dream that they imagine they deserve. This works if one in a thousand claim prophet status. But now at least one in five are claiming it. We are all trying to lead each other with no one left to follow.
All we have ever had is our ideas and each other. And we mold each other and our ideas into a beautiful mess that carries us through to unknown tomorrows of our own creation. This has been an awesome exploratory journey for our species. Our ups and downs have been both beautiful and hideous, but it always had limits. We have now reached a point in our history where our knowledge is pressing the limits of our world’s ability to sustain us.
We move through this world taking thoughts and emotions and smashing them together to create something entirely unique. And although it is all about the shared experience we are crafting in this illusory world, we don’t always understand how we are affecting those around us. We can at the same time inspire love and hate in the people that are looking towards us and hearing our words. It can be difficult to interpret the thoughts from the face of a person standing directly in front of us. But of someone that we are not able to see and touch, existing out there on the other end of some portal to the Internet, we have little chance at really understanding.
Somebody in Japan has been reading this blog a lot lately. I wish I knew who that person was. As of now, they are just a number that I see in my blog stats. Statistics are the only measure I have of who is actually reading. And we are so much more than numbers. I tend to assume that if you don’t leave a comment, then you’re not really taking it in. Usually, I forget that more people read than are commenting until someone sends me a mail to say hi, or stops me on the street to tell me they liked the article. I am always shocked by this. I am glad to know that people are reading, but I’d be happier to know who they are. Especially since it seems we haven’t much time left until this whole show comes crashing down.
The IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of the top scientists studying global warming, warned us this week that unless we stop carbon emissions immediately, the earth would warm by as much as 1.5 degrees Celsius, over preindustrial levels, by the year 2030. 2.7 degrees Celsius is the number that the International community agreed to avoid at the Paris Climate Summit, but we are racing toward this number as fast as we can. To stop this catastrophic global warming would require a complete revolution in the way we do things. Of course, not only are we not planning to change our course of action, but we are also moving backwards in terms of regulating these harmful pollutants.
Asked on CBS’ 60 Minutes by Lesley Stahl if Trump still thinks climate change is the hoax he’d previously stated it was, Trump answered, “I think something’s happening. Something’s changing, and it’ll change back again. I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think there’s probably a difference. But I don’t know that it’s man-made. I will say this. I don’t want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don’t want to lose millions and millions of jobs. I don’t want to be put at a disadvantage.”(CNN)
Are you fucking kidding me? Besides the fact that we allow politicians to play scientist with no formal training or interest in facts, we are weighing money over lives. We’re weighing millions of jobs and trillions of dollars now against the survival of our species. There is nothing rational about this. Even if we don’t care about our own survival, are we seriously willing to risk the future of our children’s.
Or maybe you are thinking that it won’t necessarily lead to our extinction, but just to rising sea levels, more droughts and natural disasters that would contribute to population control. Maybe the earth will find a way to rein us in without destroying us completely. That being the case, maybe you are willing to take your chances so as to keep your job safe and secure.
Money is something that we, as a species, have created. It is an idea that became more powerful and unifying than sports, politics, or religion. The monetary system unites the whole world. We have all bought into it and abide by its laws. But it is not blasphemous to admit that we won’t be able to worship this idea if there is no one left to do the worshiping.
The very thought that we are going to pick jobs over survival is in and of itself ridiculous. We will always find a way to make money. There will always be new kind of jobs for the new ways of doing things that we invent. People will monetize the shit out of our asses before the system dies. To just go on stuffing our pockets while running into the abyss is beyond stupid; it may be the most foolish thing we have done in the history of humankind.
Anyone who has been around a loved one who is dying knows that at that time, both parties feel so free and so desperate that they are able to open up and talk about all of the things they previously kept bottled inside. At those times, nobody keeps their love hidden away, but expresses it profusely, considering that it might be their last chance to do so. As a species we may be on our way out. So regardless of how we got here, it may be time to start opening up to each other, forgiving each other, accepting each other and loving one another. Maybe if we do this, we will understand that we are a people worth saving and will choose humanity over all of the ideas that we are putting before it. If not, some other beings will surely get their chance to dig our fossils up.
While you are here, don’t leave without letting me know who you are. Leave a comment below and tell me about yourself and what you think about how little care we seem to have along this path towards our own destruction.