It is time to stop quivering in our boots in pointless fear of the future and just roll up our sleeves and build it.
- Ray Pierrehumbert

Monday, June 22, 2015

Post-Panic Attack

So Facebook recommended a group to me whose description starts out
Mainstream media is marketing collapse panic or denial and must be countered with a responsive and honest citizen media initiative...
 Hmm, well that sounds promising, so I clicked on the full description
Mainstream media is marketing collapse panic or denial and must be countered with a responsive and honest citizen media initiative to prepare local communities for the onslaught of starvation, dehydration, disease, predation, and hopelessness. Images and narratives may empower the public with examples of those who are preparing to enter planetary hospice; images which reinforce ritual behaviors that do not require electricity, and can sustain us until life leaves our bodies. Ritual activities like: mindfulness practice; yoga; exercise; dance; prayer; hiking; gardening; painting; singing; journaling; massage; woodworking; reading; listening to live music; playing cards or games; cleaning and cuddling; or sleeping. Additionally, indie media could portray rituals in which we joyfully say good bye to our neighbors; our planet and our suffering. 
To quench the fire of retribution, and the agony of waste, independent media producers could choose to portray collapse as a spiritual event, a passing through the veil of our species, a culmination of our short excursion on Earth, with great reverence, and humility, humor, and compassion for one another. Indie media can act as a bridge uniting disciplines by collaboratively envisioning a post apocalyptic culture in which we use our stories and our art to celebrate our multicultural heritage, and pay homage to our planet, with compassion for every single being, releasing them to the infinite, each as a beat of a butterfly's wing, and a victim of unintended consequences. 
Aargh "rituals in which we joyfully say good bye to our neighbors; our planet and our suffering"! How empowering...

None for me thanks.

4 comments:

Rob Ryan said...

I have a pretty decent vocabulary. No words for this though.

Susan Anderson said...

Yes.

Despair is just apathy ...

Florifulgurator said...

Encyclical satire?

(Or, they might actually satirize my tautological plan to save the planet? -- Currently I only propose one ritual, for funeral, since we dont want to end like the Buddha, wasting the precious nutrients of the body by wasting firewood (and even combusting it completely). Thy funeral shall be beyond sustainability, O Gaia-bhikkhu: Carbon negative composting on char coal from the kitchen fire, naked, embedded in flowers and herbs ad libitum, to grow a tree on this (plus perhaps a bonsai for a separate head pot) and use it for reforestation.)

Florifulgurator said...

(As "head pot" rhymes with pot head, I prefer the German term "Kopftopf".)