I had a rather dreary conversation on the raft today. For the most part it was about how we are not adapting well to the changes we are seeing in the planet; namely, climate change and plastic pollution.
We all think that everything should be plastic, or paper, wrapped in the grocery store. Stop thinking that way. You have been indoctrinated into a failing system. To redesign seems hard, but we have to try. Those in my raft today, seemed to think that it was hopeless; that humans would eventually destroy themselves and we would start over on the single celled organisms, slowly evolving once again to their environment. It is hard for me to accept this reality, but seems the most obvious future, since none of us can commit to stopping our use of fossil fuels. None.
I say, take it all back. Take every home ever built. Nobody gets second homes. No more mortgages, the banks own nothing. This is OUR planet. Grow food in lawns, and develop a community of people; everywhere. We are a social creature, we need people. Why can’t we create the local agriculture and artistic centered society that the earth needs?
I believe we cannot create it because of the manipulative financial situation that has evolved out of the banking industry. It is a lifetime of payments for anybody in their thirties to own a home at this point; a lifetime. YOU are a slave to your mortgage. This is bullshit. We cannot allow this system to move on further. We need to, as a social force, disallow the banks to own everything in sight.
Fuck social norms. The social norms that have been created are not good for anybody. They are certainly not good for the planet.
If we want to see generations of humans live on in harmony with the planet, we need rapid change. Algae blooms, rampant fires, and catastrophic floods are just examples of what will continue if we don’t change our BEHAVIOR. If we don’t change the fact that many in cities have to drive for two hours to get to work. To earn a dollar, to give a dollar to someone of higher status.
We need to work hard to live, but we should work first on feeding ourselves without poisoning the planet. Get your hands in the dirt. Our planet is in dire need of a benevolent caretaker, not some parasitic species that insists on burning rain forest for palm oil and coffee beans. Stop it.
A lady on my boat stated that, “she is not afraid of dying, because she is going to heaven.” That is not a good reason to treat the earth as shit. Period. Her kids will die and their kids will die and I will die. The struggle will be very real for the next hundred years if we continue in this direction. It is hard to look past a hundred years, because the struggle might get so real that we change; at least I hope so.
Right now: fly on an airplane, drive to the coast your not living on, burn plastic in a barrel, shit in your drinking water. I wish I could care less. I can’t.