We are staring into an abyss you know. Global Warming springs eternally to mind and, whilst there are millions who doubt the existence of Global Warming – and I’m not entirely convinced as yet myself – it has to be accepted that, as Mr Zimmerman once sang, the times are indeed ‘a’changing’.
When it rains in Blighty over the last decade or so it RAINS. Not the rain that wet us through in the 70′s and 80′s and 90′s but a rain that actually ‘buckets down’ and floods the drains a la ‘tropical storm like’ rain. Now the drains have been there since Queen Victoria at least so, admittedly they aren’t exactly 21st Century things but they always coped with our rain fall. Our rain fall was clearly wet as is all rain fall but it fell in quantities that our Victorian drains could cope with.
Over the last decade or so our drains can no longer cope and ‘flash floods’ appear all over the country whenever we receive rain fall. Clearly something is amiss.
If the rainfall today was the same as the rainfall of yesteryear then the drains would cope as they always had but they don’t. This has nothing what so ever to do with their age – if it did then the rain fall in the 70′s or 80′s would have suggested ‘upgrading them’ wouldn’t it? ‘Flash floods’ would now be a common occurrence since the 70′s and 80′s and even the 90′s, not an occurrence since the dawn of the millennium.
Something has changed. Whether it is ‘global warming’ or whether it is something else it is increasingly clear that ‘something’ has changed. Personally I believe it IS ‘Global Warming’ but equally clearly that makes me a ‘nutter’ in the eyes of ‘those who think they should be obeyed’ – i.e. – politicians.
Personally I’d rather like ‘Congress’ in the USA and Parliament in Britain and whatever the hell their respective governmental bodies in the world are called to ask the Polar Bears for their thoughts. Ask the Penguins eh? Something is changing on this planet and the weather is at the forefront. The weather is clearly changing and the planet is clearly changing and we, humanity, are wandering on seemingly oblivious to the obvious.
That doesn’t mean we’re bad of course, although a significant number of us clearly are – mainly ‘those in charge’ otherwise known as politicians.
Some of us do really care.
We care about our world and we care about our neighbours and we care about – well – anything really, but WE CARE.
Maybe that’s why we are still here and Mother Nature hasn’t said ‘Fuck ‘em let’s offload’ which she would have every right to do.
Maybe, on a more personal note, Mother Nature recognises that whilst humanity are more a virus than a life form they can be quite magnificent when the mood takes them. Sadly, ‘the mood’ taking them to magnificence is increasingly in short supply of late.
The relatively impersonal benevolence of humanity is becoming increasingly ‘personal’. Our care of our world – and, perhaps, more importantly ‘their’ world – meaning the other life forms here – who are at least as much entitled to be here as we are such as Elephants, Tigers, Meer Kats, Cows, Sheep, Dogs, Cats, Sheep, Frogs, Giraffes, Fish, Goats ad infinitum is no longer a benevolent thought.
(I said ‘sheep’ twice. I am worried)
We, Humanity, care about US.
We are presiding over the destruction of our world in ways that are, frankly, unfathomable and unthinkable.
In my own small place in the world at large I was given a gift today. The gift was a box of chocolates from a driving student who I had helped to pass her driving test. The more important gift was a card that had ‘Winnie The Pooh’ on it’s cover. Inside my student wrote the following -
“My Dearest Norman, without your patience, training & belief in me, I would never have become a good driver. Thank you for everything, all my love (name) xxx”
The student is a Muslim lady and, as I have often professed, I am, at best, suspicious of Muslims.
Perhaps that is why OUR version of OUR world is under threat and, frankly, dying.
We are so wrapped up in what we perceive to be OUR world we keep forgetting it is their world too and all the more important it is for that. Dogs and cats and Elephants and Tigers and Lions and Meer Cats and Penguins and Whales and Dolphins and all the magnificence of what is our world.
I’m so wrapped up in Islamophobia I’ve forgotten that Muslims are human and one of them at least thinks ‘the world of me’.
Even more worryingly, I said ‘sheep’ twice. I will now go and seek psychological assistance.
My Muslim driving student gave me a box of chocolates and her mum hugged me and said ‘In’Shalla’ or something like that. Her mum likes me and her daughter seems to have adopted me as another ‘daddy’ as her’s has gone AWOL.
As an undisputed ‘Islamophobe’ I can honestly say that I am delighted and happy and will ALWAYS consider them my friends.
We’re a strange lot us humans aren’t we?