If the Mayans are right, this is our last Earth Day ever!
1. There is information in the earliest posts of this blog that is funny, accessible, and, years later, remains relevant to the challenges we face as the world's population continues to explode (in the last year, we cruised past the 7 billion mark and, tragically, the result has been that people even less deserving of fame than Nick Lachey are now considered celebrities); and yet
If we're lucky, as we age, the world ceases to look black and white. I say "lucky" because it's the grayness that makes life interesting. Seeing life through a lens of polar extremes leaves nothing to the imagination, and leaves no room for compromise and innovation. And yet extremism is exactly how so much of the world is operating today. It's all "I'm right and you're wrong" here in the year 2012, and it doesn't seem that we're accomplishing much by it.
This blog - which has been hopelessly neglected but with these yearly Earth Day posts remains, improbably, the longest-running blog in my scattered writing career - has unintentionally become a time capsule, preserving my evolution as a thinker and as a liberal. And you know...with all that time has changed in the world (and in me) in the past six years, I have to say...
Grayness be damned; there are still too many goddamned people on this planet.
And when the outcome of that is that some kid biting another kid's finger gets half a billion views on YouTube (half a billion) I really don't understand why more people aren't concerned about this!
HUMANITY IS WEIRD.
(I apologize for being a few days late [again] this year. I should also probably apologize for the tone of this post, but after reading back through my older stuff about ants and cubicles and the like, it didn't seem appropriate to jump straight back in with the heavy stuff.)