When you are dead
You will have time aplenty for solitude.
Amongst all things that can communicate
Is a transference of meaning.
You can only ever infer my meaning
From your meaning.
You could think of your experience
As a way to transform your suffering
Into your art.
Being poor makes you unhappy
Being rich doesn’t make you happy.
You can and must use your experience
To offset the ravages of your age.
It’s one of the only things you can do.
Learning how to stretch is the perfect example.
You make better decisions today
To compensate for the bad decisions you made yesterday.
If you carried on like you were 21
You might be dead by now.
(I know I’d be)
One of the negatives of light pollution
Is that it stops you from remembering
That you live in the universe.
Photo by See-ming Lee (SML)
We celebrate diverse* perspectives
But with limits.
We can’t celebrate diversity around
Our core values
Such as ‘not killing people who disagree with you’.
As such, diversity can’t really be considered an absolute
That we either ‘have’, or ‘don’t have’.
It’s more a matter of degree – about how many perspectives that we are ‘willing’ to allow.
Or how many perspectives are ‘practical’ within
Where we draw the line between ‘acceptable’ and ‘not’
Helps to draw a distinction between cultures.
If ‘our’ line and ‘their’ line
The cultures will probably have trouble ‘getting along’.
Photo by vwcampin
With thanks to Sam Harris for the idea
*Please note, I refer to diversity of perspectives, not ‘intersectional’ diversity.
Cover Photo by La caverne aux trésors
If we look at the modern world,
The global labour market
And the relentless forward march of technology.
The fundamental growing economic problem
Appears to be
An increasing ‘oversupply’ of humans.
Here’s what I mean;
The trend of ‘human obsolescence’ seems to show
That less and less of us are ‘necessary’
From an economic perspective.
But, as we know,
There are more and more humans
More every year, in fact.
The question is, really,
Barring people making the conscious decision to ‘breed less’
(…which seems doubtful on aggregate)
What shall we do with this growing ‘oversupply’ of humans?
I don’t have answers
Though it would seem like
Some massive, mandatory redistribution of wealth would be required
From the few who are still ‘economically relevant’
To the many who are not.
And if not,
What becomes of the ‘have nots’?
And all of this
Is to say nothing of
The resources we continue to use up
The damage we do to the world
And all the spaces
That we swallow with concrete.
And it all goes without saying,
That there’s far more to life
Than being ‘economically useful’.