January 7th, 2021

Good morning

I'll try again.

A bit of Mary Oliver.

— Ju

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Blah, blah, blah

South Brent skyline
South Brent skyline
“The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Day #7 of 2021.

Sadly, it feels no different from the end of 2020.

What's time anyway?

How you feeling?

Tired?
Frustrated?
Angry?

All of the above and so much more?

The thing is, and this is super personal, the language — across all the media I spend my time surfing — hasn't changed. 

Why should it?

Well, as my good friend Stephen Jenkinson says:

language is everythng.

Ain't that so.

That means I'm constantly checking how I speak and write. Mostly, it's prolix, legally-suffused nonsense — or certainly I'm too verbose — but just in once in a while, I do capture the essence of what I'm trying to say.

But at least I'm aware of my failings — or some them of them 🤣🤣.

I don't know what it is that (sometimes) so irks me but definitely in the mix is the free-floating axis of business-as-usual, hope, optimism and the New Agey, self-absorption stuff that I feel needs a serious rework.

Instead, our language should be much more sombre, more cognizant of the unfolding climate disaster and the unsolved, depressingly familiar social inequality that pervades so much of the world

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QOTD

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
Stephen King

The Worst President

I don't disagree with John Scalzi — even allowing for my limited knowledge of American history.

Other than this post, for now, I'm not going to add to the noise, particularly on Twitter which has exploded with lots of "I told you so". 

— Ju

My tweets

  • Wed, 12:47: #CSR for law firms. Is that still a thing (I've been out the loop for a bit)? I might ask what's responsible about assisting, directly or indirectly, in the climate catastrophe? I'm not going to name names but on a very cursory examination, it's all pretty woeful.
  • Wed, 12:54: You'll have noticed I've started #2021 with a few themes: 1. Ecocide -- see the excellent book by @d_whyte100; 2. A more human/humane law firm, one cognizant of their role in the unfolding climate catastrophe; and 3. The unexamined, interior life. Despite my writing... / 1 of 2
  • Wed, 13:00: Growth has been the sine qua non of every company I ever worked at. Right now, that vaulted ambition seems non-sensical, particularly given the unfolding and devastating climate emergency. I'm not sure the answer, but waiting until the bitter end surely isn't the answer #Ecocide
  • Wed, 17:01: 10 Ways Corporations Have Exploited Covid-19 https://t.co/jhUeSrNRFr
  • Wed, 20:14: As Big Energy Gains, Can Europe’s Community Renewables Compete? https://t.co/iNH9MKtHMI / I really like this idea. https://t.co/uNBqUjO4Ek
  • Thu, 06:00: “No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don't.” ― Stephen King, The Stand
  • Thu, 07:00: Blah, blah, blah https://t.co/tTB0TWvlfe / today's little blog post. https://t.co/k8AXoJIDqn
  • Thu, 07:54: Major Oil Companies Take A Pass On Controversial Lease Sale In Arctic Refuge https://t.co/wnEkCqGt95 https://t.co/oEx93ARAgD
  • Thu, 08:49: Out with hound. Life. Right here. All of it 🌄. https://t.co/2mb344YHcv
  • Thu, 09:14: Mart�n Prechtel. Love this book. @ElanaAzrai do you know his work? https://t.co/gS7tFWCHEK
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