Try to imagine yourself twenty years from now. Don’t look at the grey hair and wrinkles, but look at the world outside, that world you once knew to be suffering from the effects of global warming, that world that believed all the scientific evidence that the Earth’s limitations were being tested, that world that postponed the most important decisions ever to be made by the human species, decisions that would have, perhaps, stopped the global nightmare that is now obviously coming true.
As you imagine the world twenty years from now, along with it, imagine the audacity of a politician in 2037 determining that global warming is a hoax, that the systems we relied upon for knowing the truth about the Earth and its people — science, geologists, oceanographic experts, economists, sociologists, and so many institutions — are but a distant nuisance, voices that represent the ultimate wackiness, the “Flat Earthers” of 2037.
The world is crashing, burning, crumbling, and dying from starvation and disease, and yet the overwhelming majority of people on the planet are powerless to change it. We have become desperate to find our own food for the day, clean water to drink, and a shelter that accommodates the dignities that living as a human require.
It makes no sense that in the year 2017, twenty years past, a leader of the greatest industrial nation on the planet, voluntarily dismantled the meager, but only, protections that kept our hopes alive that better days would be ahead if we would have simply sacrificed some principles that were killing us: the principle of economic domination, the principle of military superiority, these, the principles of empire.
“If only the people had fought harder. If they would have only taken their bodies to the streets and demanded that the course of the Earth be changed. If they would have laid aside their entertainment, that is, the partisan squabbling that the leaders used to distract them from the sadness that was coming and has now come.”
Everywhere, greed flew like swarms of flies on a carcass, as the leaders grabbed all they could, and made laws to keep the people from speaking, from marching, from demanding, from fighting.
And here, in 2037, people everywhere are writing epitaphs and trying to rid themselves of memories and regrets.