In The Scheme of Things
“What’s in it for me?” they asked. They being the transactional species. “Truth be, nothing,” was the answer. Truth be, there was nothing they nor anyone else could do in their lifetimes that would make it better for them, their kids, or their grandkids. Too late. So, they kept on doing the things that would kill the very thing that had given them everything.
There was a time when they believed that this that had given them life and everything else had done it for them out of its love for them. A time in the past when this species sought to give back. But, that was a while before. For some time now, it has been, “What’s in it for me?”
In space, time is distance. From self-centered and self-absorbed to one-way transactional is hardly a small step in space-time. But a speck when compared to all time. Not even that. All time is in billions of years.
Oh well, it was a noble experiment; even if short. As in all the universe, here on earth the search for equilibrium will continue. Little doubt, some of earth’s species will survive; maybe even a few million of these transactionals. For sure, not enough for them to wreak havoc again for a good long while.
I can imagine Greta Thunberg as the head of the EU in a few years.
Maybe it is time for such . . .
On a somewhat shorter term…
Manchin pitches Democrats’ tax and climate bill to silent Sinema
Bloomberg – July 31
And sort of related…
Democrats Gave Mitch McConnell a Taste of His Own Medicine
New Republic – July 29
kind of reminds me of a cartoon i saw in a Playboy about fifty year ago;
an old lady dressed in rags is sitting in front of the big desk of the expensively dressed young man who says, “Yes, Mom, I know all that, but I’m asking what have you done for me lately.”
btw, despite the rumors, the creator of all this didn’t do it because he loves us. He loves us because of everything he has done for us. That’s the way love works. [cf Beattles song of about the same time: “the love you take is equal to the love you make.”]
not quite so long ago, there was a team of very important people going around to colleges giving lectures to the kids about how their grandparents were stealing their (the kids”) future by collecting Social Security. They were well received, I heard.