We as Humans we seem to be condemned to live in the present, but to be looking back at the past with longing, and ahead to the future with dread.
A Spanish poet of the 15th Century by the name of Jorge Manrique wrote:
“Stanzas about the Death of his Father”) is Jorge Manrique’s best composition. In fact, Lope de Vega pronounced it in humbled admiration to its superior craftsmanship,”worthy to be printed in letters of gold”. It is a funeral eulogy dedicated to the memory of Rodrigo Manrique (his father), who died on 11 November 1476 in Ocaña. Jorge thought that his father led a life worth living. He makes a reference to three lives:
1.-The terrestrial life that ends in death
2.-The life of the fame, that lasts longer (Kleos Greek)
3.-The eternal life after death, that has no end.
In the first stanzas he said:
Remember the sleeping soul
Fan the brain and wake up!
How life goes
How death comes,
So swiftly pleasure is gone,
How, after memory,
It gives pain;
How, in our opinion,
Any time past,
Always was better.
This translation its kind of literal
Here its another one more poetic:
Let from its dream the soul awaken,
And reason mark with open eyes
The scene unfolding,—
How lightly life away is taken,
How cometh Death in stealthy guise,—
At last beholding;
What swiftness hath the flight of pleasure
That, once attained, seems nothing more
Than respite cold;
How fain is memory to measure
Each latter day inferior
To those of old.
And that is as true today, as it was many years ago. So no wonder we more likely look at the future with at least some reserve, if not dread.
A future of our society in doubt, by the many problem that plague us.
Overpopulation, over pollution, over extinction of species, vital to keep our World habitable, Political morass, and unwillingness to do nothing positive to deal with the problems, rather than see the train coming at the crossroad, and unwilling to put the breaks before attempting crossing, playing a gamble that they will beat the oncoming disaster.
Well I do not need to tell you, there is a high price to pay for stupidity, combined with stubbornness, and of course you know the definition of insanity, some people attribute it to the darling of quotes; Albert Einstein:
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.
No wonder people have nightmares about our almost sure Dystopian future, just imagine..!
The recent uptick in dystopian films and post-apocalyptic scenarios seems more urgent and more extreme than it has in the past.
Ostensibly set in the future, the post-apocalyptic mode can function as a window on the present, the prognosis its not good.
The list of environmental disasters today now its divided into categories, and listed in alphabetical order:
Agricultural, Biodiversity, Human Health, Industrial, Mining, Oil Industry, Nuclear, and divisions as what element of the environment they affect, like Air, Fresh Water, Land, Oceans.
And I do not want to depress you, or overwhelm you with the long list on each category, all you got to do is pay attention to the news.
Rather than do that, I will show some of the things are important, to fix our problems.
We need to fight Ignorance, and Mediocrity, the reason of so much lack of Consciousness. No matter where you go, almost everything is exactly the same and it’s getting worse by the day, in other words an ignorant person its a blind person, and the blind cannot lead us, and that its what we have leader wise, and I am not talking just about our country, Worldwide its pretty much the same, maybe with few exceptions.
A cross country trip meant you got a taste of the different flavors of life. You experienced things you’d only experience in a certain state. However, these days everywhere you go it’s pretty much the same deal, malls and chain stores everywhere, all offering the same product you can get elsewhere. Worse, yet is the fact that people seem to desire this mediocrity for it’s comfort factor and have lost all sense of adventure. People desire mediocrity so much that it’s becoming the only thing offered. Look around yourself, everything is mundane. Even tattooing before a thing for tribal aborigines, and outcasts, has gotten it’s fair share of this cancer.
Line at a popular Tattoo parlor.
The population growth , its just too much to be handled by our small planet. The Statistical Institute estimated that the world’s population in 1920 was 1,791,496,000.
The current world population is 7.7 billion as of October 2019 according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by Worldometers.
I am not usually a pessimist, and believe the World somehow will go as and old Italian song said:
Gira el Mundo Gira – Il volo – Il Mondo.
Just too many of us, with such unruly crowd, and doing whatever seems everybody please, with no regard to anything else, specially to the fragility of our environment, a Dystopian future?
If we keep business as usual, but do not worry the World will keep turning, just maybe with a lot less of us, after all the World has faced bigger crisis, in the past, ask the Dinosaurs.