The status update I never write

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The reason I don’t socialise much and lose myself in audiobooks, reading, exercise, and drugs is because I find it hard to spend more than an hour in the company of others without wondering why we all maintain the collective illusion that everything is OK.

We live in a world beset by problems which challenge us to be brilliant, bending every sinew and firing every synapse to create solutions, and instead Helen’s got a job in marketing luxury hotels, James is flying to Spain for a week to teach golf, Arthur’s just been given a bonus so large he’s going to buy a house, and a bunch of people are wittering about an advert. (Examples changed to protect the innocent*)

But none of us are acknowledging that in our lifetimes

  • climate will cause mass population migration
  • we’re still selling weapons to recklessly oppressive countries (or any country, for that matter)
  • fossil fuel will be impossibly expensive and we don’t yet have an adequate substitute
  • our greatest civic accomplishments (eg national health care,  education)  and our common assets (air, water, forests, wildlife) are being privatised and remorselessly exploited.
  • most things are predicated on an impossible growth
  • the concept of pensions will not exist
  • robots will be smarter than us, and be used for fighting wars
  • that most people would not choose to do their jobs

The dissonance between what we know and what we do is so enormous that I find it impossible not to point out, and so end up boring even myself, and then think it’s probably best if I just stay home.

* I realise, when trying to think of examples, that most of the people I know are completely awesome. But still the same truth applies.

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  1. Sometimes it sucks to acknowledge the overwhelming challenges that face us, but knowing we’re surrounded by people who recognise the same situation and are doing something about it is about the most important thing I can do for myself.

    Come join the Enspiral crew – we’ll look after ya 🙂

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