Head in the Sand

HeadInTheSand

The air is like soup and my brain is a mash of desires that cannot be fulfilled. I am trapped in this room while Australia burns. And the politicians keep denying the cause.

I am suffocating on the stupidity of climate denial. I check the apps again. Extremely Unhealthy air is no longer a surprise. When it slides to Moderate I breathe a shallow sigh of relief. It’s amazing how humans acclimatise, become complacent. Sure we need to adapt, but let’s not just put our heads in the sand and hope it passes … because it’s not going to.

If we can’t change the game players who juggle corporate profits and political power, let’s work on what we can do. Talk with your friends and family and love deeply beyond what you already know. Solutions come from baring our souls and being vulnerable. You might want to plant some seeds in the soil and in the minds of those who haven’t yet thought about it.

I’m ready for action. I’m putting on my face mask and heading out into the smoke.

*If you enjoy my writing and want to read about something different I have another site here: https://wordpress.com/view/wildartwanderer.travel.blog

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5 thoughts on “Head in the Sand

  1. I reckon we’re fucked Jen. There’s no turning the institutions around in time to save the civilisation, and when that goes, so too do several billion people.

    And it’s going to happen well before the ecosystem finally claps out, because our political, social and economic structures are nowhere near robust enough to withstand the stresses even the early effects of climate change will put them under. Social unrest and increasingly authoritarian responses to it will take us out long before the bushfires, storms, extinctions, collapse of agriculture and rising sea levels do.

    It’s a good thing I’m not a consequentialist. I’m motivated to act not by its expected results but because it feels like the right thing to do. Fighting for lost causes often feels right to me. It might seem kinda pathetic and defeatist but I think being able to fight for what you believe in is an incredible privilege, win or lose. I don’t think most people get to live that way.

    ““You have the right to work, but for the work’s sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working.” – Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita

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    • Cabrogal, I think you’re right. We’re only one species of many that will soon be a past tense and I want to make the most of this time we have together. ‘Fighting for lost causes often feels right to me. It might seem kinda pathetic and defeatist but I think being able to fight for what you believe in is an incredible privilege, win or lose. I don’t think most people get to live that way.’ But we do. Thanks for your thoughtful input, as always.

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      • I’m hopeful the species still has some time, albeit at vastly reduced numbers and massively changed circumstances.

        Of course as well as the collapse of the environment we’re facing the imminent collapse of the US empire. That offers some scary prospects for the future of our species (and a lot of others) if they don’t drop the ideology that you can solve problems by bombing them.

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  2. Another conversation worth having but I’m ready to drop now. A bit of regenerative sleep is required. Night night.

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