“What seemed profoundly important to me seemed of no importance whatsoever to most people, and what seemed important to so many people seemed trivial to me.” Derrick Jensen — The Culture of Make Believe
The End of Modern Times
Heavy eh? I see that through total inaction to address global poisoning/warming we are seeing the collapse of the ecosystem that all life, including ours, is in dire jeopardy. Youth activist, Greta Thunberg has laid it all on the line. She’s looking at a bleak future. I’m now seeing what I was taught back in the early 70’s as I finished high school and went to college for three semesters. [class of ’72] Back then it was in the public school’s curricula and I’m guessing sometime latter it was dropped because of pressure from energy corporations. Pity. I’m seeing it, why can’t others? Greta’s seeing it and she’s only 16 with a daunting future in the balance.
Yesterday I was watching some news on YouTube and a panel of several folks(I didn’t take notes) were on a panel discussing the global strike for climate action. Some jackass was mocking her(Greta). Shit! He was saying what can a child of 16 know about anything. After picking my jaw up off the floor I screamed. Yes, I got my “two minutes of hate” out of the way for the week. I think I saw where Trump was guilty of the same stunt. His Mar-a-Lago will be under water in 40–50 years. Too bad he won’t be alive to see its value go to zero. I won’t either, thank goodness. I do feel for the children of these days. I’ve studied this, I know what’s coming because it’s here. We’re immersed in the 6th Mass Extinction Event. Most can’t see it because it’s so big and long lasting. I place the date it started as 1784, the date that James Watt patented his revolutionary steam engine. With that coal burning beast the industrial revolution was off and running.
Now 200+ years later it’s biting us in the butts in the worst way imaginable. Due to the capitalist’s greed and want of ever more expansion we’re now facing doom. I won’t be here to see it. I’m 65 and used copious amounts of drugs and alcohol along with smoking for 37 years, I won’t live for too many more years. But it’s here nonetheless. Yet world leaders won’t do a damn thing. They scoff and laugh at activists as folly. Industry trumps life. I feel sorry for Greta and the world’s children. They won’t grow up in the world I did. I worried about annihilation from Cold War idiocy. Today’s children worry about slow immolation. Frogs, listen up, the pot’s starting to gain steam.
Saving the World
So how can the youth go about saving the world? First and foremost capitalism must end! Then the militaries of the nations, especially the US’s, must reduce their use of fossil fuels. The US fights wars procuring oil to feed their beast, the military. US commerce along with millions of cars depends on oil. Then there’s the electric grid. The task is quite daunting. But just cutting back, by civilians, won’t be enough to avoid the inevitable collapse. So I see a major collapse of the world’s economies. It will be ugly. I’ve read up on collapses of the past and they’re always ugly.
Continued pressure by massive protests to do something. Greta may have corporate backers, so be it, at least she’s speaking out. Others have to join in the demand for world leaders to quit expanding. I saw where the US was interested in oil in the arctic where ice once was, now open and ripe for exploitation. I’ve got news. If this is used humans go extinct! I can’t solve years of stupidity, no one can. But we’ve got to start. If someone scoffs at global warming-now called by its softer name, climate change-tell them like it is. I was on the phone the other day and mentioned to the one I was talking to that the stock market was way overdue for a crash, he was offended. I told him he better watch his fragile eggs on his 401-K. Remember back in ’08 when many folks lost all their retirements. It’s coming, guaranteed.
There’s some anarchist material out there if leaders won’t listen. Blowing up Wall Street’s power grid might just get noticed. I may end in civil war. Yes, ugly. It’s coming.
I’m tiring. I’m still facing euthanizing my beloved kitty in a few days. Her tumor is now outside her beautiful body. I have been giving her pain medicine and when it runs out I’m facing a really bad couple of days. I don’t attach to people. I attach to my pets. My dog as a kid and cats during my adult life. Isis is my fourth cat, and I love her. Every loss kills me. I may adopt another cat, probably in short time because of loneliness. So if I miss writing for a few days you’ll know why. I have a few followers, which for me is more than I’ve ever had in my life. I’m a loner. I don’t interact well. Maybe I’m a bit on the spectrum as they say these days, so what? I can dig it, just as I am, with a cat, of course. Peace, The Ol’ Sad Hippy