To the editor,
Just stop it, now, that childish behaviour of unrestrained yelps, ‘I deserve what I desire.’ And/or, ‘you’ve got more than me.’ It’s constant: ‘I want another cellphone, car, bigger house, better job, a gluttonous amount of food, more clothes, more this, more that.’
And it’s past time to just stop it – and listen.
Listen to this good Earth which has been warning us for more than a thousand years that we were scripting the story of a self-inflicted extinction. Initially this good Earth was trying to be subtle in drawing our attention to that but not so any more. Now, in blunt messaging it is saying, ‘sorry, but it seems you’ve got to go. Close the book on humanity. You have pretty written all there is to say about the story of your own extinction.’ And that’s non-fiction.
For those with clarity of mind they know there are no other ‘go-to’ places, no planets or fictional realities in which we imagine ourselves enlivened again. That’s akin to that childish mentality that exclaimed, ‘I’ll just leave home if you won’t give me what I want.’
As is to be expected, sadly, most of us will respond to the above tellingly, ‘Don’t tell me what to think and do.’ That is, of course, an expected response – the tenor of the contemporary script referred to above.
But, maybe, just maybe, we can rewrite some of the seemingly presaged last chapter. One in which we stop the childish behaviour of demanding and instead begin asking, ‘What can I do, what can we do that immediately and demonstrably improves the health of this good Earth?’
Perhaps even extend the story a bit. Go for it.
D. Worthing, Nanaimo
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