[‘The times they are a’changin’ – These well-worn words of our folk hero muse have taken on brand new meanings today. The troubling changes are mounting ecologically, politically, economically and socially for the entire globe. Perhaps only the tribal remnants, quietly occupying traditional locales at the forest’s edge or river inlet in remote spots of the planet will survive. Certainly, with global climate change many species and human communities will perish; never to be heard from again. There are diverse voices we hear from that describe in detail elements of these changes, this series of collapses. Our own Marlena Petrov has summarily given us a snapshot of the spectacle as seen through her very unique lens. – kC]
We Do Live In Interesting Times!
by Marlena Petrov
Sandy Krolick: “Seems like mother nature is taking care of carrying capacity all by herself. Although, my heart breaks for the children.”
Marlena Petrov : “I fear it’s only going to get worse. A lot worse. Humans have pushed the planet beyond any chance of repair.”
Spencer Day: “I remember one of the first things I posted, after meeting Sandy online; asserting that humans are an infestation of an otherwise perfectly well-balanced Earth. I stand by that view”
Marlena Petrov:” There are still a few tribes of people who realize that breeding nonstop, and infesting the planet, will kill most of us. If any humans are around in 1000 years, it will be those people”
And off my thoughts went.
Having spent time with a number of people around the world who do not see the planet as an infinite source of plunder, and themselves just another creature sharing the space, even as the Curriculum of the West seeks to crush them under the treads of the insatiable machine. To be able to step aside, even while walking down a street in a crowded megalopolis, is the path of survival. People talk about “end games” as if there is a time to win, while still doing more and more of the same things that got us to this place. Thing is, the game is over, humanity has lost, most just don’t realize it yet.
The jubilant blathering about the US stock market being over 15,000, while not facing the fact that the stock market has been total fantasy for decades shows how deeply fractured from reality our “leaders” are. Same with the fracked energy. Sixty years ago one could drill a well and get 5,000 barrels a day of lite sweet crude with little effort which would flow for years. Today a fracked well requires a lot of effort, and you maybe get 50 barrrels a day of sludge that then requires more energy to refine, while the output steadily declines. But this is going to save the Curriculum of the West, and allow us to keep breeding and infesting? *eye roll*
And, how are we all to be fed? Soylent Green? How apropos, we survive by consuming ourselves. That is until the changing climate kills us. Already massive amounts of food stuffs are being used as fuel. Yet few see the desperation in that fact. I can remember being out in the fields after harvest, and asking why some crop was left at the edges and corners of each field, and being told “Oh that’s for the birds and creatures to get through the winter on, always leave something for them, humans aren’t the only life on earth.” Now it’s take everything, and don’t rotate crops, and only grow one type that requires massive amounts of chemicals, and don’t ever leave a field fallow, and don’t save seeds, because Monsanto will sue you and destroy you.
What I find hilarious, in a nourishing way, is that weeds have now become Round Up resistant. Gives one a bit of hope that life will go on; but will we? Some of us will survive; those who are looked down upon by The-Powers-That-Be, those who are not totally fractured from life itself, those of us who leave something for other creatures will survive. Music, dance, art, stories will also survive, all those ‘things’ which the PTB think of as having little or no value. Guess what.. It’s exactly those things which they cannot financialize that have real value. Conversely, it is the PTB who have no real, intrinsic value ultimately. They are parasites, and parasites do not care if they kill their host, they cannot conceive that they will die too. We do live in interesting times!