What ARE we to do?
I write to this miniscule bubble of mostly like-minded liberal friends - as like attracts like, and we've all learned the hard way in recent times that we are NOT the consensus.
As we slip into another inevitable age, who survives?
Because we will not change our ways - don't want to, or deny the proof of it - what then?
Do we take up the arms of those we have battled? Do we harden ourselves, cast aside our compassion for all human kind, and look no further than our defensible perimeter?
Do we prepare for the inevitable losses, and stop wasting our time with futile battles against elite institutions so powerful that none of us register to them on any human level?
Because when I look forward now I see a crumbling world economic structure built on imperfect foundations around a barter system that never existed. Bullion - for what it was worth - has been largely sold in the west, and currency is already a virtual concept. And we don't know how we can protect ourselves, while others are already planning how to make fortunes out of global collapse.
I see fast change in weather patterns, and we had better hope that the worst of these predictions is not correct otherwise we are already certainly doomed.
I see anger, poverty, racial tension, paranoia, resentment, inequality, hatred and - worst of all - apathy.
I see a growing anti-science movement. This bullshit that says scientific theory is 'just a theory', while we ride around in cars and planes, our semi-cyborg lives permanently plugged into the inter-web. All running because science IS real, and DOES do what we predict it will do. And when we are wrong, we learn, and we try again until we DO get it right.
I see our collective consciousness steered towards squabbles, and the mean and low-down street battles that are our jobs, our lives, our consumer 'needs' and basic rights. Our lust for money, at any cost. Our new-found ability to bully and hate from the obscure haven of a keyboard. We don't set our aim at the real enemy that orchestrates all this.
I see, in all of it, collapse.
I feel the world creaking under the strain of us.
I see war, and I see terror, and I see death.
And I see and hear those that would embrace it - many of whom call a loving, kindly god who turned his cheek and hated killing and the wealthy, their own. I see those who long for a world where the only thing that matters is might and power. I'll take care of my own, and damn the rest of you.
Because who is REALLY prepared to change?
I see two vast walls facing each other, dark and unmoving. The lines are drawn. The world IS already divided. Our intolerance grows, as does our hatred.
Would you change?
And so I ask again - what do we do?
In the world I see ahead of us I had best be everything I have spent a lifetime opposing, as peaceably as I can, and as rationally.
I had better arm myself. (Remember - a good drone with a gun can protect you from the bad drones.)
I had better stop loving you, my gentle, compassionate friends.
I had better start recruiting 'friends' that are not afraid of what promises to come.
I had better arm, and harden my children. If they are to take a life they had better do it unflinchingly, and ruthlessly. They had better not ever imagine that their assailants are as human as they are.
I had better get a bigger vehicle that can handle rugged terrain for when the roads become unsafe.
I had better start learning to hunt and kill animals, and stockpiling food.
I had better start turning away from the fragile and needy and mentally unstable that mill like Morlocks in our city centers - useless pointless human wastrels that they are.
I had better become the creature I have ironically portrayed in my art for decades - barbarian. Cruel. Fearless. Ruthless. And very very dangerous.
Then I have a chance, while the world broils, at maybe a few more generations of life.
Utopia is foolish.
Idealism is dead.
'The better angels of our nature' are no longer welcome.
I had hoped for better from humanity, but I'm losing faith in our ability to love. To be kind. To listen. To care.
Bring on the fire, and bring on the fury, and good riddance to humankind. We deserve what we get.
Meanwhile - it's almost beer o' clock. Cheers!
NOTE: Dear friends, of COURSE I'm not going to change, but sometimes I need a really good rant!!!