there is an image in pop culture, usually hollywood films, but also comics, of this crazy guy standing on the street with a big sign that says the end is nigh.
it’s usually played as like, hey, look at this crazy dude preaching the end of the world, just like those crazy doomsaying mayan astrologers, or martin luther, or charlie manson, or marshall applewhite and his heaven’s gate adherents. because the world never ends. people have been predicting the end of civilisation since the day it started. they’re all crazy!
except slowly people are coming around to seeing the end of the rail tracks. we’re in that scene where the train is hurtling towards the bridge but the bridge hasn’t been built yet. and the dudes in control of the brakes are still selling tickets for the ride.
so more and more of these people holding the end is nigh signs are popping up, and more and more they’re starting to look not crazy. like the x/y axis of crazy to distance from the end actually has a correlation, and we’re getting closer and closer so the sign wavers are starting to look like they’re making sense, and the crazy ones are the people who aren’t holding signs. the script has flipped so to speak.
the problem now is not that nobody is paying attention to the dudes with the signs. it’s that they know the signs are true but they are paralysed or powerless to do anything about it. the people with power to impact change are building noah’s arks for themselves to blast off into space and abandon the flooded world, while continuing to siphon as much from the planet as they can, and everyone else is in a stasis bubble of not knowing how or what to do to hit the brakes on the whole thing, or if it’s even too late and that hitting the brakes wouldn’t still send us screeching off the edge.
so here’s the question. how resigned are you to the collapse? do you accept it? have you given up? do you feel powerless to enact change? are you paralysed? are you still fighting? do you still have hope? where are you on the scale of acceptance of the ongoing collapse? i don’t mean acceptance in the context of accepting the reality of it, but more the embracing of it as a certainty versus feeling that it could still be stopped and that your actions can impact that.