by Lady Die
My dear friend,
I want you to know that I’m sad, but not feeling hopeless about our impending extinction. As I said previously, recognizing the signs of imminent death, whether it’s terminal cancer or terminal climate change, is a freeing perspective. I’ve chosen to be awake and aware, and am now free to see the truth before my eyes. I’m also now free from the rat race, free from working for the man, and also free from paying the man. Imagine, my friend, if everyone realized they were being murdered and that their federal taxes were going towards their murder by destroying the planet? They might just stop participating in their own murder and we might actually have a chance at saving the planet and maybe even ourselves!
But it takes courage to admit that death is imminent. It takes courage to realize there will be no one to remember us, or Beethoven, or Charlotte Perkins Gilman, or Debussy, or Van Gogh, or Isadora Duncan, or Billie Holiday, or Vonnegut, or anybody else. There will be no legacies any more, no memories, no legends, no dirges to mourn us. The finality of it will be eternal. But it will not be the first time a species went extinct. Every day 200 species go extinct. Our number is coming up soon. It takes courage to admit that, and blind faith to ignore it and go on with business as usual.
The only thing I feel hopeless about, dear friend, is that I realize people will never realize in time they are being murdered. And you too, my sweet friend, are inadvertently and unconsciously contributing to that through your, albeit well meaning, attempt to create a “safe” place for people to share their feelings, and talk about hope, as if hope will somehow miraculously heal the planet or stop the science in its tracks.
I do reserve that there is a tiny 1% of hope that something miraculous could happen, scientifically of course, but I’ve always been a pessimistic optimist; I hope for the best, prepare for the worst. The worst thing that happens with this tack is you’re pleasantly surprised when the storm passes you by, and you have plenty of extra water and batteries on hand. But if I were to simply hope for the best and reject the possible worst for fear of being too negative and doomery, I would feel pretty silly when the lights went out and I had no water.
With all my love
Your friend forever, at least for now
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I’d like to start a “NBL Drinking and Solidarity Society” (thanks to Judith Haran for the inspiration) in western North Carolina (I live in Brevard). To gather with sister & brother doomers two to twelve times per year to connect, commiserate some about the short-sightedness of 99.99% of our fellow humans and enjoy each others’ company. This would not be a “prepper” group. Support and social interactions only. Guy McPherson will connect us. Thanks, Anne
I’d like to start a “NBL Drinking and/or Solidarity Society” in the U.K. (thanks to Judith Haran for the inspiration). We sister and brother realists will gather two to twelve times per year to connect and commiserate about the short-sightedness of 99.99% of our fellow humans and enjoy each other’s company. This would not be a “prepper” group: support and social interactions only. Guy McPherson will connect us. Thanks, AC in Scotland.
Going Dark is available from the publisher here, from Amazon here, from Amazon on Kindle here, from Barnes & Noble on Nook here, and as a Google e-book here. Going Dark was reviewed by Carolyn Baker at Speaking Truth to Power and by P. Schneider at Amazon. As with my other books, Going Dark will lose money even before I start giving away copies.
Thanks to ulvfugl for pointing out a technical fix to the problem of the disappearing comments: “I’m using Chrome browser. Go to top right corner, click three horizontal bars, says ‘new incognito window’, get NBL, and everything is immediately updated. Can’t advise for any other browsers, but I assume it’s something to do with cookies and being tracked, etc, because being anonymous fixes it.”
Thanks to Roger Ellis for this technical tip: “I use Firefox with an extension called ‘CookieKiller.’ The icon will appear in the lower right of the browser window when installed. Click it and it gives you the choice of killing just the NBL cookies or All cookies. When you kill NBL cookies and refresh the page all the comments are updated properly. You don’t have to go into anonymous browsing mode to correct the WordPress cookies from hell bug.”