Say Hello To Climate Anxiety...Because We Just Don't Have Enough Stress To Deal With.
(This is a pic of an original painting by my late Brother-In-Law and good friend, Bob Twidle)
Even if you are only an occasional user of the Internet and Social Media, it’s quite likely that your head is basically on the verge of exploding because of all the shit that gets into it.
I have been feeling that way for a while now, and wondering what to do about it.
I don’t believe it’s possible for any of us these days to go totally off the grid. Nor do I think it’s necessary.
My solution is to take the historiographer’s approach to any issue out there. That is to examine it from as many sides as you can find and then figure out where the middle is.
That’s probably where the truth lies. And it’s also probably not as weird or negative or dramatic or pronounced or fucked up as the more extreme and or absolute points of view would have us believe.
Take Climate Change, For Instance
One of the things I have been concerned about is climate change. And so when I look at it from the point of view of humanity, I can see that we have definitely created a lot of bad shit in terms of taking from the earth and not giving back, in terms of the kinds of non recyclable products we create, the carcasses of which we just toss into landfills and the vehicles we drive which give of all kind of noxious gases just to get us to the fucking mall or our offices. And that list goes on.
Then there is the other side of it all, that takes the view that one volcanic eruption in Iceland added more than thousand times more toxic gases to the atmosphere than all the pollution we, as a species, have managed to create since we started using fossil fuels for power.
This is part of the more scientific theory that most of what is happening to the planet is caused by forces within the planet or forces acting on the planet from without.
These changes, have been occurring pretty regularly for the last (according to science) approximately 4.5 billion years. And by regularly, I mean, you know, maybe every 500 million years or so.
So even if you end up somewhere in the middle, you are probably looking at a pretty long time frame before the earth gets too fucked up for us to survive, somehow, on it.
And who knows, maybe we will become extinct as a species. Or maybe we will survive it all by adapting.
All I Know For Sure Is 2 Things:
1. Nobody can predict the future in absolute certain terms.
2. Cleaning up our act as human beings would be a good thing. It starts when you finally: Stop creating plastic junk. Use renewable energy sources to power machinery. Create less junk food and more organic food, so people are healthier and don’t need as many drugs to survive. Put our dicks back into our pants and quit all the political pissing contests going on in the world. Share ideas and create a future where everyone can benefit from everyone else’s ideas. Run our businesses more humanely so that everyone can afford a decent standard of living.
Yeah I know, this all sounds pretty pie-in-the-sky right now. But it’s either start thinking of ourselves as one united planet or just keep killing each other off until all of us are dead.
I always remember the great line from Jurassic Park that Jeff Goldblum got off so perfectly. To paraphrase it he said…”We’re not killing the planet with all the stuff we’re doing these days, we’re simply killing ourselves. The planet will survive. The question is, will we?”
The core thought of that line came from author Michael Crichton, who is someone I wish was still alive today because he really had things figured out IMHO.
We are all, except for the abjectly stupid, to one degree or another, suffering from some sort stress or anxiety about the way things are and the way we believe they are going.
This is exacerbated by the fact that there are all kinds of people in power in the world who don’t believe that any of this danger exists. Or maybe they do and they’re just too fucking greedy taking money from vested interests to really care.
But the power, the real power in our society, has always been in the hands of the people. And for that reason it’s critically important for people to support progressive, as opposed to regressive, thinking wherever they can.
Because unless the human race starts thinking as one complete thing, it’s quite likely that it will simply start disappearing in pieces.
Jim Murray is an experienced advertising and marketing professional and former professional photographer. He has run his own business (Onwords & Upwords), since 1989 after a 20 year career in Toronto as a senior creative person in major Canadian & international advertising agencies. He is specialized in creating communications for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world.
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