(First written 9/24/06)
I live in a paradox. Here we are having a delightful life roaming around in Clemmie, wanting for nothing. At the same time I can clearly see that humanity is heading for a horrifying meltdown: environmentally, economically, socially, and culturally. By nature, I’m an optimist, but the more I read and think about our collective predicament, the harder it is for me to see how we can emerge into a saner world without hitting bottom first.
The seeds of self-destruction have been growing for decades. The seething “war on terrorism,” birthed in the torture of Cairo jails 50 years ago, is now a full-blown conflagration. The booming western culture of materialism fueled by corporate greed is consuming the global environment. And, the checks and balances of America’s political greatness have shrivelled almost entirely away. It’s easy to imagine that fiifty or a hundred years from now human life on this planet will be well into another Dark Ages period.