The thought has crossed my mind more than once lately that it may be nearly time to close down the blog.
Increasingly, I have less and less to say.
Call it outrage fatigue or resignation or acceptance or, even, peace. The future is writ and she ain’t pretty. Nothing new here.
Something I’ve been calling the doomsday deck has hit the internet. You can’t look at these charts and not conclude that bad shit has happened, is happening and will continue to happen. And once again, we have surprised scientists. They keep being surprised, over and over again, by the speed at which “earth’s systems” are failing and the “great acceleration” of our degradation. Visit here for more information.
Sao Paulo Brazil is about to run out of water. It’s home to 20 million people, who’ve known that water was becoming scarcer for quite some time. No rationing and now the reservoirs are running dry. There has been no mass exodus yet. But life cannot exist without water. This is a real live physical limit. We are a species that does not seem to understand, or worse, ignore what that word means. Denial, would be another word.
For around three years now, I’ve been mourning, railing, and howling about our willful, wanton destruction of our only home. In that time, more people who deny what is right in front of our eyes are being elected and appointed to positions of authority.
Since moving away from people, something else seems to be happening – a true disinterest in the things of man. Now I can only smile at people’s responses to the manufactured distraction of the week, whether it’s ISIS or Charlie Hebdo. It’s not a happy smile, of course.
Once you reach this point, really, what else is there to say? I can continue to point out the evidence – it’s all around us – but people are resolute about not admitting that the game is over.
People can’t, or won’t, get to that point until they absolutely have to: Norfolk Virginia and Miami Florida are flooding pretty regularly now, for instance, and still there is denial.
So fuck ’em. Seize the day, seize the moment, live in the now. It’s all we have.