Between Two Worlds
Today at brunch, we discussed Al Gore's Movie with the Father and girl friend of one of our fellow bruncheoneers. They had gone to see the Inconvenient Truth last night. We spoke about the strengths and weaknesses of the movie, but as usual, the strengths win out. Dad, who was an environmentalist before Rachel Carson made her clamor, was initially concerned about the notion that the solutions to the climate change problem were as fixable as Gore suggests.
Somewhere I heard in the spaces between his words, that we are fooling ourselves if we think that a little tummy tuck here and a little liposuction there will do the trick. That all we need to do is fix the way we suck up foreign resources and everything will be hunky dorey and we will thus be able to return to our environmental awareness oblivion daze and our credit driven consumer bliss.
Maybe I was just projecting.
But, as he spoke, I thought what a great opportunity we have here.
We have the opportunity to take what works in our world, to refine it, shine it up, and put it on our mantle of methods that allow our civilization to be productive and evolutionary.
But we will also be forced to reassess those things that do not.
We must toss out our nationalist views and become Global Citizens.
We must toss out our notion that markets can achieve justice.
We must toss out the weird programming that convinces us that we have the right to possess weapons of mass destruction, but others do not, when in truth, why should any group or nation have the right to hold its neighbors hostage to its technical ability to kill?
We must toss out the idea that energy is found only in solids.
We must toss out the false concept that there is "not enough" to care for us all. If the total resources of the globe were equally distributed among all its shipmates, we would all be wealthy. Just the energy from the sun makes each of us all richer than the richest oligarch.
We must toss out the reasonable and embrace the extraordinary.
According to the Maya, we are between worlds. The old one ended in the late 80s, and new one will begin in 2012. I have no explaination for why an old meso American culture that used round calendars but chose not to stick sticks in them, so they could have wheels and axels, should have any relevance to our day.
How their priests would be able to predict when an old world ends and when a new one begins, I don't know. But then, let's be fair, we have a square calendar whose singular strength is the picture space above it, where naked girls and other endangered species can be viewed for slightly more than a moon cycle.
The traditions imply that this new world will be shaped by our acts
and the energy that is created during this netherworld period.
We should therefore dream vividly of the kind of world we want.
We should write and speak of how our human settlements
should be shaped and governed.
We should give life to and nurture the mind forms
which will become the foundations of this new reality.
We should let our fears dissolve into an ocean of hope,
even as the despair of decreation surrounds us.
We should strive to see the world for what it can be,
not what is has become.
We are between two worlds.
One is finished.
The other comes.
It is our job to shape it.
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two worlds art by MC Escher