December 24th, 2020

Paying attention

South Brent, Devon, England (South Brent Tor in the background: taken 10 December 2020)
South Brent, Devon, England (South Brent Tor in the background: taken 10 December 2020)

What exactly, in these Anthropocentric days, are we supposed to lend our attention to?

Everything qua humans.

What do I mean?

Speaking personally, and it's something that's been hounding my days for a very long time — too long, really, to make sense of — it's to pay attention to the world we've created?

Why?

Well, if you don't, perhaps not during your lifetime but certainly in the one to follow, there won't be much, if anything, left to support us.

If you don't believe me, check out these various reports:

Loss of species;

Earth overshoot; and

The canary in the coalmine, Climate Change.

Are you worried?

I am. In fact, it's the only thing that's on my mind right now that and Covid19 but perhaps not for the reasons you might think. 

You see, I'm still trying to unravel the fact that something so out of sight (not to everyone), so seemingly innocuous in its original host population and originally localised could have wreaked such havoc against, apparently, the Crown of Creation! Just think about it. If someone had said to you a decade or so ago that in 2020 we'd see many parts of the world closed down, millions of deaths and an economic system brought to its knees in a mere 12/13 years since the Banks screwed things up, well, speaking personally, I'd have been hard-pressed to accept all or any of the foregoing. 

But here we are, trying to make the best of a very bad situation

Back to paying attention.

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My tweets

  • Wed, 12:29: Daughter #3 has just passed her test on the first go. Proud dad moment.
  • Wed, 15:45: All I can think about right now is all those people who are no longer here to enjoy Christmas, no matter how it plays out.
  • Wed, 17:28: Pollution killed nearly 1.7m people in India in 2019 – study https://t.co/EBkP78h6YW
  • Wed, 19:08: Do you have any fav TV shows from the 1970s? Dads Army and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em right up there for me.
  • Thu, 05:54: "We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words." — Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Thu, 07:00: Paying attention https://t.co/sRsQOcoshM / today's blog post https://t.co/YSzTXvOPkc
  • Thu, 10:14: So much warmth and love on Twitter today ❤️.
  • Thu, 11:07: When you start a job and get half way through and question why you started in the first place. It involves cupboards and out of date food 😳.
  • Thu, 11:09: River by Ellie Goulding / still there's always music. https://t.co/4423DvbdNM