January 13th, 2021

QOTD

"Or put it another way: Growth is always loss. Anytime you’re gonna grow, you’re gonna lose something. You’re losing what you’re hanging onto to keep safe. You’re losing habits that you’re comfortable with, you’re losing familiarity. That’s a big one, when you begin to move into the unfamiliar." — James Hillman, We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy (p. 8)

Materialism

Where the f*ck did it all go wrong?

guilty as charged

So why are you saying anything?

'Cos I feel compelled, always, to be troubled out loud for what reason I'm not sure but I'm sad that my generation — particularly my earth-gobbling one — couldn't see, still can't see, the error of their egregious, materialistic ways.

I know: we (still) believe that if we have it all — e.g. the house, car, job, fancy title and all the bells and material whistles — that we'll be happy.

But we're not.

In fact, I think we're deeply depressed, notwithstanding this god-awful pandemic.

When will it ever end?

Like my slightly victorian parents used to say (they're both still alive):

when it's all gone, it's all gone.

No sh*t!

But it's true but this time we're playing for keeps. It's the real deal. People will die, biodiversity will be nuked and what will be left will be so denuded of life that it will be a miserable existence for those that have clung on by their fingertips.

Perhaps we don't see the link. Then again, that's silly given, in particular, save for the heating and lighting aspects of our lives, the fossil fuel companies rely on our materialistic ways to keep with the earth-wrecking programme. Imagine it: no cars, planes, ships, plastic — especially this horrendous material — and all the other harmful material that's washed up on shores, they wouldn't have a business.

Ah, you're such a gloomy SOB, Summerhayes!

Indeed I am, but at what stage will we say enough?

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My tweets

  • Tue, 13:26: It’s all a blur https://t.co/wsMVEQMqyd https://t.co/zQZnMDTU5l
  • Tue, 14:33: 'Loophole' will let UK continue to ship plastic waste to poorer countries https://t.co/JZpY4K9rXO / now why am I not surprised? Let's ship it to someone else and it's no longer our problem. Jeez. https://t.co/iMa8wH0YHu
  • Tue, 14:44: My next book on Kindle: We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy — And the World’s Getting Worse - James Hillman and Michael Ventura
  • Tue, 15:04: "By removing the soul from the world and not recognizing that the soul is also in the world, psychotherapy can’t do its job anymore. The buildings are sick, the institutions are sick, the banking system’s sick, the schools, the streets—the sickness is out there." - James Hillman
  • Tue, 16:01: Parler suing Amazon. I hope they've got deep pockets.
  • Tue, 16:22: Looks interesting ☺️ https://t.co/KmJu1zEi1J
  • Tue, 17:59: Hearing from Mrs S about the Covid situation. It's serious -- but you knew that, right! Just think of doing a 12-hour shift with a mask and gown and the anxiety of families who don't know if their loved one is going to make it. The NHS is the best. Period.
  • Tue, 18:07: Charles Bukowski – Words for the Year https://t.co/kB403w9tvC https://t.co/HWXIWK4nRk
  • Tue, 18:09: Goldberg Variations. Always gets me. Glenn Gould's version is still my favourite.
  • Tue, 18:26: I think we've reached peak business books or whatever they're now called. Ditto the whole self-help, inner child material. What matters most, as Bukowski said, is "how well you walk through the fire [of your own story]".
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The climate emergency

I know I keep banging the same drum
but I'm not sure what else to talk about.

Work?
Dull / sadly.

Food?
I'm not going hungry / yet.

Nature?
See above / let's hope it's not killed off.

I know it can sound like
a broken record
but I think we all know that the rest
or a lot of it
is a sideshow — at least that's the way I feel.

I will try to share the inspiring stuff
too
but right now
there's not much falling
out the sky.

Thanks for your patience.

Much love,

— Ju.