Sometimes you read a book to remind yourself of something you already know but don’t know how to live with.
Several years ago, possibly on several Tuesdays, you could find me curled up in a comfy chair located near the back of a Barnes & Noble’s. I didn’t have very much money. The chair was very soft and very near a great many books. I used to sit in that chair and read books the library didn’t have. And also write.
One of the books I read in that chair was EATING ANIMALS by Jonathan Safran Foer.
The thing I knew but didn’t know how to live with was two things.
1) Animals for to be eaten were, and are, generally treated in a way that I didn’t support.
2) The system of factory farming pollutes and that didn’t seem too good either.
After reading Foer’s book, I decided to commit to being vegetarian. I could have committed to meatless mondays, or meatless weekends, or any number of things that might cut back on my consumption of meat. But, well, I didn’t choose those other things. I chose the first.
Two days ago, I bought CLIMATE CHANGED by Philippe Squarzoni. It’s a brilliant walk through the science of climate change framed through Squarzoni’s own life and his own love of stories, particularly films.
After I finish this book, I don’t know what I’ll do.
Sometimes I wonder how much of the money we raise to fight malaria and other such things is money that only exists because of the present state of things.
Sometimes I wonder if climate change is a movie we came in half-way through and the ending’s already set.
No one wants to deprive themselves of things.
The thing I know but don’t know how to live with is two things.
1) The present state of things can’t last.
2) Something has to change.
That is my mood at the moment.
Vague and true.
In less than a month, I’m flying back to the U.S. to visit love and sort out bureaucracy. Maybe buy a new phone with a more awesome camera. These things will bring joy to my life.
No one wants to deprive themselves of things is a thing that Squarzoni says in CLIMATE CHANGED, and it’s true.
I grew up inside of the evolution of global warming discussion from possible to definite to denied to omgisittoolate? It’s always seemed real and just another thing for humanity to handle. Which we definitely would. Because clearly we’ve lasted this long. But. Well.
I wonder how much energy it takes to post a blog?
Happy Tuesday, readers.