Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What is our Future?

It seems that there are daily more reasons to dispair. We are so fragile and even the luckiest among us are compelled, at one time or another, to watch someone we love die and we must see them put securely and irreparably into the cold earth. The great institutions into which we put our faith, such as churches or governments, seem to tend toward the actions which directly contradict their very purpose. Even those regions of life such a art and poetry which we hope will express the purest, most noble aspects of who we are, are subject to the vagaries of the human ego. One cannot read or watch news of current event without some story that potentially undermines our hope in what is good about the world. We watch the innocence of our children eroded before our eyes by bullies as well as teachers that lack the compassion which their job should necessitate. And how do we tell them that violence and bullying is bad when those who "lead" our nations make violence and bullying the cornerstone of their political strategies?

If someone were to come here from another world I would be hard-pressed to muster a defence of our race which is gradually destroying itself in the name of profit and money. I having nothing but one simple principle on which to hang the hat of my hope; love. There is no rational reason to get up in the morning. I must go on simple faith that love is worth saving and that it will, in turn, save us. I know it is not much on which to rest one's hope in the future, but it is all we have.


doconnor said...

We've been thought worse, the Dark Ages, Bubonic plague, the Great Depression, World War II, the threat of global nuclear war.

With the technology we have, humanity will survive, although not necessarily all individuals with in it will.

kirbycairo said...

Of course, doconnor, I did not mean to imply that we were at the low point in human history, I was just recalling Kierkegaard's critique of Hegel - regardless or our knowledge or systems, we must each live through the difficult struggles of life. And in the words of Lou Reed - we need "a busload of faith to get by."

Anonymous said...

@doconnor: I would think that necessarily all individuals will indeed not(!) survive, in the end.

What we have is really just a few moments.

The knowledge of this is crushing, difficult to face head-on but always present, a dark voyeur, in the periphery. There is nothing to say to this that will retain any permanence.

This would be bearable with a brave sigh, perhaps, if not that we must leave behind our children. Herein is the greatest of all joy and the hardest of all pain.

We are just a spark in the endless dark of space. Brief Bedouins of existence, shortly forgotten by the sands of time.

A hard, short life. For one. For all.

This is being human.