Friday, May 08, 2015

i heard a climate scientist on NPR today say that the co2 levels in our atmosphere has reached 400 parts per million.  a level the planet has not experienced in over six million years.  the news depressed me.  i don't mean, like wow, bummer, kind of depression.  i mean a flattening of emotion.  a dead expression.

whence to comfort thine mind?  i haven't a clue.  the news is grim.  on many fronts, not just on climate change.  somethings are changing in our world.  but to what? 

i am an optimist by temperament.  but i am pessimistic too.  a happy pessimist is how the philosopher bertrand russell described himself.  me too.

will we get our shit together?  i have great doubt.  but i have great faith in people. 

the world is a beautiful place.  life is such a gift.

we have, each of us, six, seven or eight decades on this planet. 

how do you want to live?


At 1:43 PM, Blogger John B-R said...

Hugs, Richard. I felt the same, still feel the same, too. Comfort? Don't know what it means. But life will go on til it won't, so ... hugs.

At 6:38 AM, Blogger Tom Beckett said...

I often think of Gramsci's slogan: "Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will."

At 9:57 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

my love, and hugs, to you tom and to you john


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