[thoughts from ~burning woman~ ]
Are we really seeing the collapse and downfall of more than just a historically minor event such as the now inescapable fading of the American military/industrial empire? Are we not in fact entering into the final “hurrah!” of man’s entire global civilization with no possibility of turning back?
Though a majority of people are beginning to feel the slippery slope dragging them and their certainty down, it’s still very much business as usual and if some things appear, well, seriously skewed, there’s got to be something to blame it on which “they” will, of course, correct in due time. And, we have all the time in the world after all.
It’s been man’s way since… when, exactly? No one knows, but since history was recorded, man’s way of dealing with massive change and catastrophe has been to throw a lot of money (or equivalent) measured in blood, sweat and tears, at it until “it” was tamed and reconfigured.
But never fixed: that is something that man considers below his dignity to address. Fixing would mean serious change and that’s just too deep, too heavy, too complicated, too… utopian. Utopias are for dreamers in Never-never Land, and for conspiracy theorists.
What would it entail, to fix our dying civilization (as opposed to screaming, bombing, consuming and poisoning it to death)? Imagine wholeheartedly coming to terms with our differences, such as race, colour, gender, sex, social status, and choosing peaceful and bloodless co-existence on a planetary scale. Not just between Earthians, but between all the creatures that make up our biosphere and living/livable space?
The response to that question: Hell no… we don’t fix nothin’ heah. If it don’t do what we want it to do, we jes’ beat the tar out of it until it does and if it don’t, we shoot it and bust it up good. Then we celebrate the dust up if we win, and vow revenge if we lose. The game goes ever on.
Man’s idea of solving problems is strictly out of a Warner Brothers cartoon world. In man’s world you can kill at will knowing more always appears to make new targets. You can destroy all you want, it all grows back. Whatever it is you destroy you “know” that it will be back tomorrow so you can destroy it some more, and not only have fun doing it, but profit from the destruction. Somehow, no matter how much abuse we give it, this world is a magical cornucopia that takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin.’ Why worry?
Without realizing the total unreliability of his eye-blink historical record, man relies on it to make the critical decision not to care about how the world is reacting to unrelenting and increasing abuse. After all, says history, there’s never been an end before, just some tough patches some had to go through. We went down and came back up swinging against, well, just about everything but particularly against nature, for nature has always been, and remains, man’s number one enemy, the one to be subdued through overt pillage and rape.
It’s all a question of guts and glory. The planet needs taming and conquering and it’s so big that nothing man does can have any significance when it comes to destruction.
Right? OK, so maybe it doesn’t seem right, but it certainly is done that way as observation notes.
So? So, here’s something to ponder. History does say man always came back. But two things come into this static picture of the past. One, and obviously, there never was the population density (that we can know of) we are now experiencing, with no place left to go when the life boat seriously begins to take in water, except into the water to drown. Two, we never had the technology (that we know of) we now have that empowers us to literally destroy most of life on this world.
Two current problems history has no hindsight on, so cannot help us resolve. We’re on our own – how about that! So, what’s local “man” doing about it? Well, in the midst of what is probably the most serious heat wave ever experienced in this neck of the woods, the local water-slides are doing a booming business. That’s just one thing I’ve observed. Certainly not unexpected, but what does that say about the general mindset?
The First Law of The First World: “Thou shalt not mess with my comfort, my pleasure and my financial profit.”
Thus we ensure that what we are experiencing is not just the downfall of a particularly deranged capitalistic empire, but the imploding of man’s entire global civilization… with no hope whatever of turning it around. All I see for “healing” are band aid solutions applied to a global hemorrhage, simply because a real fix would mean loss of, you guessed it, comfort, pleasure and profit and that is unacceptable to the planetary mindset.