A space for conversations in a time of global disruption
All Stable On The Upturned Hull *
The games of civilization
end up on yesterday's Somme,
and tomorrow's Hiroshima.
See, Chief Seattle is crying his eyes out;
he doesn't get it, doesn't understand our progress,
that nature is a luxury the junkie can't afford.
Can you go back to your homeland, old man?
Our cemeteries cry with plastic poppies.
'For Sale: previous owner went mad and died.'
* 'The friend likened the climate system to a rowboat:
"You can tip and then you'll just go back. You can tip it and just go back. And then you tip it and you get to the other stable state, which is upside down."'
(Kolbert E. 'Field Notes From A Catastrophe',2006, p.34)
There is a quotation from an article which for me puts in a nutshell the problem faced by humanity, which is the problem of human nature. I carry a copy in my wallet, because it reminds me of the way things are, puts things in perspective:
' "The planet's population has nearly tripled in my lifetime," he says. "And the problem is everyone wants to live like us." Arthus-Bertrand was in Borneo filming Home, in an area of deforestation. He stopped to refuel and spoke…Continue