“The planet is fine. The people are fucked. Because everyone is trying to save the planet. The planet doesn’t need that. The planet will take care of itself. People are selfish. And that’s what they’re doing is trying to save the planet for themselves to have a nicer place to live. They don’t care about the planet in theory. They just care about having a comfortable place. And these people with the fires and the floods and everything, they overbuild, they put nature to the test and they get what’s coming to them. That’s what I say….There are places that are going to go away. The map is going to change and that’s because — people think nature is outside of them. They don’t take into them the idea that we are part of it. They say, “oh, we’re going for a nature walk. We’re going to the country because we like nature.” Nature is in here. And if you’re in tune with it, like the Indians, the Hopis, especially, the balance of life, the balance, the harmony of nature, if you understand that, you don’t overbuild. You don’t do all this moron stuff.” – George Carlin
Dead on. As a friend recently remarked; comedians are allowed to say the truth. This is my take too. My concern is of course how much, how many other species and ecosystems we are going to take down with us? Each day, (and this is amplified when I make trips to bigger cities and witness the scourge of strip-malls, homogenized suburbs, pretentious warehouse churches, and mega horrors such as an Ikea store) I am impressed with how headlong over the cliff humanity is going and secondly, how clear the right way to live is. Like most of us who have tasted some awareness, I find myself caught in two worlds. On one hand I feel the current of our inane society and on the other a more authentic way to live. What the Navajo/Dine might call Hozjo. If it were not for some of my very early mornings, my trail runs, the very wolf haunting howl of one of my huskies, the pine cones I keep on my shelves, the tenderness of my wife, I fear I would forget who I am, who we all once were down deep, and the freedom to be that still is in a life of authenticity and balance.