This post is an expanded version of a reply I posted on a Clusterfuck Nation September 24, 2012 post titled, “Duty”.
Listen! The voice,
The cry of the daughter of my people
From a far country:
“Is not the Lord in Zion?
Is not her King in her?”
“Why have they provoked Me to anger
With their carved images—
With foreign idols?”
“The harvest is past,
The summer is ended,
And we are not saved!”
For the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt.
I am mourning;
Astonishment has taken hold of me
Jeremiah 8:19-21 (New King James Version)
Here in NJ, the signs of autumn are seen-cooler and crisper air, leaves starting to change color, and the shorter days. The hot and humid days of summer, with its cookouts and beach trips have faded away…
Could he same could be said for the present age? Are we as a civilization entering our “autumn”. With all which is occurring in our world, you can see the changing of our “seasons” in the air.
We have a presidential campaign that’s big on promise and “change”, but have yet to produce it. While in the meantime, the United States is sinking deeper in its domestic problems that can fracture the very framework of our society.
We have a potential dustup between Israel and Iran that could explode all over the (oil-dependent) world. As we speak, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s goading US President Obama in joining in an attack on Iran. Imagine if a full-scale war broke out and in retaliation, Iran jams up the Strait of Hormuz. Talk about real pain at the pump! This could also add to the “peak oil” situation I’ve referenced to back in the winter.
Global warming is bringing potential illnesses-once just common to warmer climes-into my neck of the words. We see the potential for outbreaks and epidemics that could put a damper on our day to day activities. Now we see the accelerated melting of polar ice caps and subsequent release of methane gas, which in turn is accelerating the climate changes and warming we’re experiencing. In turn, we could see a disruption in food and fresh water availability for millions with subsequent breakdowns in society.
Our current financial crisis, which is like a slow cancer-eating away at our society and spreading into every sector. Even amid the campaign promises, I see no changes that are truly helping those that need it the most. Riots in Athens and Madrid are protesting the”austerity measures” their governments are taking in response to their economic woes. We could one day see a collapse in the global finance system, which could be quite catastrophic.
These are just the signs of what could be our “autumn” for us. As I hear the wind blowing and see the leaves falling from the trees, I know that the days will get colder and darker-heralding the coming winter. Just like these changes signal those of us in my neck of the woods to get ready: warmer clothes, home heating, changes in daily routines; maybe it’s time for us to prepare for the coming winter.
It could be that we need to consume less. Learn and conserve more. We need to start thinking long-term as far as our species future’s concerned. We need to start changing our daily “routines” while we still can. We need to learn to protect ourselves as a global society for what comes may. Maybe these steps will guide us and keep us through the winter so that we may emerge into a new spring. It may not be a spring we would like, however it would allow us to start over a little wiser.
Is it autumn for us as a species? Only we can answer that questions. However, we need to remember what comes after autumn…