I have struggled to find something worth talking about for the past few days.
The fate of our civilisation is cast in concrete – it’s going to crash, and is already in the process of doing so. So there is not much to talk about there until some major event occurs – probably next year.
Humanity is on an unstoppable path to decimation as a result of changing climate impacts set to deeply effect our ability to maintain life. Not much to report there, again until the crises become more apparent.
Never ending war has become a norm for 21st century life and, while no single conflict matches those of the 20th century, the lives of more people are disrupted now as a direct result of the greed and manipulations of a dying Western empire now than back then. We have become desensitized to these effects and, while the injustices still need to be broadcast, the task of doing so and the indifference shown by populations who have daily life-concerns of their own to fully occupy their attention, becomes tiresome and frustrating.
There is no shortage of corruption and crime to report, as also with the short-sighted, debilitating and self-binding pre-occupations of general society, hell-bent on racking up debt and the dulling of their senses through maximised consumerism and entertainment – a crime against ‘self’ and the slavery of others less fortunate, if nothing else.
But the hopelessness of the task of cutting through all that to reach some point of awareness in folks who do not want to be told that what they (and those who represent them) are doing is detrimental to their own well-being and mental health, becomes a thankless one and possibly something not beneficial to the welfare of those who undertake it – other than as a salve to their conscience that they at least tried to prompt change.
And so we enter that time of the year (as Kunstler suggests in his latest blog post – The Storms of December) known as ‘the holidays’ or the ‘festive season’. But the storm clouds are gathering, and the forecast looks anything but ‘merry and bright’.
I have chosen not to celebrate or in any way take part in these end-of-year merry-makings for some years now, but don’t let that impinge on your own plans. Just be aware that this may be the very last consumerist festive season ever. Hopefully we may then revert to the more logical choice of the celebrating of ‘seasonal’ changes made by the pagans of old – returning with new meaning and relevance. I could be persuaded to join in with that.