Today’s blog is a bit of a downer.
While at lunch with my dear friend, Lynne, she shared her daughter’s fear of the world actually ending in our lifetime. Now there is a topic of conversation over a panini!
I’m in awe of my friend. She discusses death and apocalypse with ease, despite a huge recent loss in her own life. Despite the pain she has endured, the two of us powered through the vision of the current state of affairs, our government hacking the last living breaths of our natural resources, the burning Amazon, cars, pollution, hurricanes and every manner of general catastrophe looming ahead of our desires to protect the world and all that is in it.
The global crisis is real, we agreed. So how do we face it?
As though already on that precarious last raft out, we paddled through possibilities. In some ways, it feels as if we have been here before. The black plague, the Crusades, slave trade and white adaptation to what followed, colonization, two world wars, and many holocausts, the World Trade Center. For eons people have felt that the world would end; we see our own situation as different, perhaps.
But from another vantage point I see that the earth will continue, with or without humans. We have had a long ride on this planet. At least we will have a context for our demise, should that happen, unlike the dinosaurs or the koala or polar bears, soon to be extinct according to many scientists. Our greed, hunger for power, and lack of care for our natural world are winning over compassion and thoughtfulness. Facts are facts.
As we talked, I was reminded of discussions with my friend, Lucretia. Deeply engaged in spiritual teachings, Lucretia has often led me to the view that life is lived moment by moment. There is no past, no future, only now. I’m not sure if that is true, but I do know that I find peace in that perspective on a daily basis, even when simply contemplating the dishes in the sink. What do I want to do with this moment?
What if we really do have only 10 or 20 years on this planet? How do we live with that question hanging over us?
Many questions that spring forth: Who do I need to spend time with? Where do I want to put my resources? What do I want my life to stand for?
I see an urgency to address the issues that are pulling our species into the contemplation that life for us will end soon. So I must do what I can to try to change that eventuality.
I have realistic expectations.
As one human, I feel confident that my path is to simply do good. Be good. Live well. Love well. Help others. Make a difference when and where I can.
It’s all we have ever needed to do.
The big blue ball will always be here. I hope we continue the ride for many more eons.
While I’m here, I want to matter. I want to love, and laugh, and run, and dance, and live life for as long as I have. We do not, none of us, live forever.
I have always counted myself blessed. I have experienced so many miracles in my life. I have experienced deep pain and great joy.That is all I want or need.
Life will evolve with or without our species, the Earth will endure.