None of us has the luxury of giving up now.
We’re all in this thing together
Walking a line
Between faith and fear
– Old Crow Medicine Show
As the climate changes, we adapt by learning how to farm, make our own implements and clothes. We reinvent what it is to be grown ups as we make the old paradigm obsolete. We create horizontal social relationships to replace the nasty, outdated and stifling hierarchies of the past so that we can breathe, scream, call for help, rejoice, innovate.
The Empire strikes back but we are braced for the blow. We’ve got solid ground beneath us and we know we have the truth on our side.
It’s just those moments when you stick out your neck and nothing is there, the dark feels like it is closing in, and all your hope seems to be dying, that somehow out of nowhere succor materializes, bringing blessed relief.
It can happen in the bleakest barren corner of the paved over, urban desert or the lush but lonesome wilderness. We all have that moment where we stretch out to the unknown despite fear, despite doubt.
We are betting on our inner voice because we have no other recourse if we are going to survive the rapid and devastating effects of anthropogenic climate change and its sister disasters of environmental degradation through pollution, economic devastation through greed, and social disintegration via manipulation and lies that we have been living on a grand scale.
Instead of being destroyed, we will link arms and join together to pull each other out of this crisis. We will become something new; transcend the egomania of the past and realize that coming to each other’s rescue is the most shining and glorious reward that we could aspire to. The most coveted laurel of the future is the inner recognition that we have the power to uplift each other. Quiet, joyful moments that pass ephemeral, without attachment.
We don’t need to be afraid. It is going to be OK.
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