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Off The Rails

So I haven’t been blogging lately, after actually getting to 50 of these, and I have finally figured out why.  While I have a lot of opinions about all kinds of things, so does everyone else.  And a lot of people are really attached to those opinions.  I’ve grown weary of conversations that are only arguments or debates.  I have no desire to defend or proselytize my opinions.  I don’t know how it “should” be, but I do know how it is.

Whether you want to face it or not, we are at a crossroads.  We are circling the drain right now as a species, a civilization, what have you.  Rather than waste any more of my time rearranging the deck chairs on this sinking ship by arguing for, against or even within the confines of our current model, system or paradigm, I think I’ll start making my way over to the lifeboats by looking at what’s next and what’s possible for humanity.

Human beings have been here for hundreds of thousands maybe even millions of years (archaeology keeps revising the date earlier and earlier for our auspicious beginnings).  We’ve survived cataclysms and ice ages.  We can live in almost any climate thanks to our hardiness and ingenuity.  We’ve been here before and we’ll get through this again.  But what will it be like on the other side?  What would we like it to be like?

In your own life, you know that if you can prepare for a breakdown, you are able to move through it faster.  If someone told you that you would be laid off in three months time, would you just obliviously continue to come to work and live as you had or would you cut back on spending, save more and prepare your resume?  Well, we are being given warnings galore – melting ice caps, rising temperatures, widespread drought and animal die-offs.  That’s just nature giving us the heads up.  Our own man-made structures are beginning to show signs of stress and decay with economic downturns and collapses as well as rising rates of disease and mental illness.

If you think this is just a hiccup or a bump in the road, you will be in for a rude awakening.  This is what Rome looked like just before the Barbarians showed up at the gates.  This is how it all comes crashing down.  And you have a front row seat.

I don’t wish to be all doom and gloom.  This really is an exciting and glorious time to be alive.  If we make it through all of this, we get to say how it goes for the next round.

We get to create a new civilization, a new way of living and hopefully we will do it this time with sustainability and the natural world in mind.  And hopefully we will create a more diversified approach.  The planet was not made for homogenization.  How I live in the tropics is not how I live in a desert or on a mountain.

These are the kinds of things I want to write about and explore now.  I’m not interested in creating a perfect or ideal world.  I want to see what life would look like if our basic desire was to take care of each other and explore our larger world (the galaxy, hell even the Universe). If this were at the forefront of all we devise and do, can you imagine?!?

Life is not linear.  Everything is cyclical.  As it is above, so it is below.  Stars are born, mature and eventually die so that new stars can be born to complete the cycle all over again.  When you know how it works, you can’t take any of it personally.  You just came along for the ride.

And don’t be afraid.  Don’t ever be afraid.  Just keep swimming.