I started feeling very sad while out on a walk this week. I wrote a senryu about it:
My heart keeps breaking.
It aches for the not yet known
but yet very real.
I couldn’t pinpoint any one reason for feeling this way. It was perhaps the awareness that we are at a point where things will have to change coupled with the awareness that I will not live long enough to see much of that change happen.
One of the truths that hits us — or at least hit me — as we age is that everyone dies in the middle of some story. Experience shows us how long it takes to get anything finished, but when we’re young we think those many years between us and old age (and death) will be enough.
They’re not. They never were.
Even if I live to be very old indeed – and I still hope that I do – there still won’t be enough time.
From reading history and paying attention to current events, I’ve developed the theory that humans — at least the ones in wealthy countries — tend to think they are civilized. The people who came before us made mistakes (slavery, genocide), but we’ve done better.
That might be rather American-centric, but I suspect it’s true in Europe and large parts of Asia as well. Climate and political refugees are unlikely to share this belief.
It is, of course, untrue. We are very far from civilized. Continue reading “Not Civilized Yet”…