3:06AM: Sleepless In Seattle

4/30/13 – 3:06AM

I can’t sleep. It’s 3:06AM and I’m uncharacteristically sleepless in Seattle. A little aloof. Frustrated. Staring out the window at the sky. My mind is racing, running on the hundred some-odd things I give myself to worry about. Exactly zero of them are being solved right now, at 3:06AM.

Night city

The clouds and dim stars, obscured by orange city lights, do lend their perspective. But it’s not the type of perspective I’m usually soothed by. Yes…I am so small, my problems seemingly insignificant. Even the city-scarred stars tell me that. There is an element of truth in it, but it doesn’t bring the comfort of a warm blanket. Instead I see as clearly as ever that this ride is on its way to the middle of somewhere we’ve never been before, and we’re all strapped in. The perspective that should calm my racing mind with the assurance that my problems aren’t problems –that the Universe has a colossal ticking order which is unaffected by my worry –instead leaves me feeling uncomfortably fastened to the side of a rocket like Major T.J. King Kong.

Connected for better or worse. And maybe that is the key: we are all connected. No matter what, we all breathe the same air. My exhalation finds it way through the carbon cycle and turns into your inhalation. To what extreme lengths can someone insulate themself from our connectedness? How can one avoid the consequences of climate chaos? Sure, for a select few there’s always the option to hide out. Guarded by private militias, drinking filtered water and breathing filtered air. They have ceased to be connected to me and I to them. Alone on a planet full of people.

For the rest of us, we share a common destiny. Why is it that the poorest among us, with the least material wealth, grasp so easily and so intimately the looming consequences of our collective actions? My guess: community and connectedness. It’s well documented that societies which lack material wealth make up for it with rich levels of community and familial bonding. Could inter-generational cohabitation correlate with community and concurrently influence the willingness of societies to act on climate change?

ABSOLUTELY.

People who have yet to experience the fruits of Western industrial labor are willing to cast it aside. These are communities that will simply leapfrog into the next iteration of humanity.

If nothing else, just remember that climate change is not an “environmentalist” issue. Instead, try to think of it as an “I-am-alive-and-I-live-on-this-Earth” issue.

When I rest, I will rest easier knowing that it still seems to be within the constructs of human instinct to self-preserve. This is the good news that my sleepless night brought to me. We are all beautifully connected. So say the clouds and the city-scarred stars.

2 comments

  1. RACookPE1978

    Sure, for a select few there’s always the option to hide out. Guarded by private militias, drinking filtered water and breathing filtered air. They have ceased to be connected to me and I to them. Alone on a planet full of people.

    For the rest of us, we share a common destiny. Why is it that the poorest among us, with the least material wealth, grasp so easily and so intimately the looming consequences of our collective actions? My guess: community and connectedness. It’s well documented that societies which lack material wealth make up for it with rich levels of community and familial bonding. Could inter-generational cohabitation correlate with community and concurrently influence the willingness of societies to act on climate change?

    Sure, if you are hate-filled democrat donor who can buy an ambassador appointment by selling political influence, a get-out-jail-free card because of your race or alleged gender, or a “free” few billions from the administration for a startup “energy” scam after donating the kickbacks required. If you are friendly democrat sponsor, you too can eat quail eggs and caviar in a heated plastic party after being driven by an electric cart 200 feet from the White House door while sneering at honest skeptics who point out that global temperatures have NOT risen for the past 17 years of constantly rising CO2 levels ….. If YOU are among the liberal democrat socialists who can afford their private armed guards while promoting those in the IRS against those who try to protest politically and publicly. Nixon was cursed and sent to impeachment hearings for THINKNIG about using the IRS against a few public figures. Obama is PRAISED for actually doing that same act – but against thousands of private citizens who merely oppose his policies because they are harmful and destructive to all – but democrat donors. (Yet, those OWS minions who vote democrat and defecate on the street get the public acceptance. Funny that, liberals can only tolerate the dissent THEY promote while breaking the law.)

    Why do the “poor among us” suffer? They die in squalor and the cold, starving while drinking polluted water and squatting in their excrement because YOU refuse them quality energy and roads and concrete and steel to build sewers, water treatment plants, pipes, bridges, and housing.

  2. marklar

    Punctuation dude, punctuation.

    You are quite entitled to your opinion, that’s the beauty of this country–no matter who is in the White House.

    I’m always so confused when people are incensed by my opinions and respond with opinions of their own. This isn’t an argument; it’s a form of expression. If you don’t agree with me…well that’s just fine.

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