This blog is all about passing along some of the stuff I'm learning, in the hope that it well be helpful to others trying to figure out how the world works.
Naturally, I have favorite sources that help me do that, and Dave Pollard is high on this list.
So, I wasn't all that surprised to find Pollard's post today deeply resonating with my own sense of peace that comes from knowing something important (via how to save the world).
Says Pollard, "I'm very quiet these days." Me too.
"I've become the person I said those 'too far ahead' must become: accepting, responsible (without laying guilt or blame), joyful (alive in the moment) and purposeful (towards a full, natural life). And quiet, reflective, thoughtful, attentive, even patient."
Take the initial discussions last evening at Kauai's new Global Warming Task Force, catalyzed by Keone Kealoha and Malama Kauai. In earlier times, I might have jumped in to rescue weak thinkers from themselves, flogging them with factoids for further fabrication of their fervor.
Instead, I let pass unremarked the self-congratulatory chat about the large share of hybrids in the parking lot.
Okay, there was one moment when I couldn't help myself: As the group wrangled over whether to call it 'global warming' or 'climate change', I lofted the notion that 'sustainability' might suffice, as that's how we're gonna fix the anthropogenic excess.
Still, like Pollard, I'm less and less inclined to proselytize these days. Never mind how difficult it is to explain, within the attention span of the average listener, how we have arrived at hard-won conclusions.
"I'm delighted at the number of people, readers of my work and composers of their own, who seem to be on the same wavelength that I am on, but they've reached that point by their own arduous and tortuous journey.
We are, all of us who concede that our civilization's time is probably running out and the best approach now is local, community-based, model-creating actions, not a new political, economic or social movement or revolution, too far ahead to be able to explain to others, easily or simply, how we have arrived at the philosophical space we currently occupy.
And we are, as well, too far ahead to go back, or to wait for the rest of the world to catch up.
So we shut up and, in the company of those not yet ready for what we believe and what we have to say, we say nothing.
We have given up arguing with the deniers, the apologists, the technophiles and rhapsodists who still think our manifest destiny is to be 'saved', by our own ingenuity or some higher power."
Resonate with you? Go read Pollard's full-on make-ya-cry kine essay.
Okay, so, what's this got to do with memes? And wot is a meme, anyway? (meme /meem/ n. An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do.)
Want an example of a meme? Here's an infectious, explosive meme that seems to have caught on:
"Seeking 'solutions' as 'ways to keep things mostly the way they are'." (borrowed from this riff by James Howard Kunstler)
Never mind that this is completely mistaken...it's got legs, somehow.