Accidents happen

Old photograph of a steam train crash in Paris, France

Accident at Montparnasse, Paris, France: 1895

If you’re fortunate enough to know your parents, you probably revere them. Maybe you even love them. Same for your grandparents.

These days, it can even be true for your great-grandparents.

Including you, that’s just four generations. It’s very unlikely that you know much, if anything, about those who came before.

Man has lived on this planet for about two million years. That’s roughly eighty thousand generations.

If you could have known all of those people, you probably would have revered them, too.

There are now more than seven billion of us on this one planet. Now — for the first time, ever — we can do some serious damage. And we are doing so, and in a big way.

We’ve never been here before.

We all know accidents can happen.
Shouldn’t we all just know that the next hundred years could also be our last?

If we were to truly honour our ancestors —
Shouldn’t we be admitting that perhaps we’re not as smart as we like to think we are?

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About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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7 Responses to Accidents happen

  1. mikestasse says:

    Short and to the point…… good post!

    • pendantry says:

      Thank you, Mike. My aim is to learn from the success of the competition; the (over-)use of sexy soundbites in our current culture has obvious advantages. Turn the enemy’s strength upon himself… or something. That’s the theory, anyway.

  2. Eric Alagan says:

    What I know is but a handful of sand —-
    What I don’t know and yet to know —
    That handful is not even mine —

  3. ccgwebmaster says:

    I think the capacity to revere our ancestors is diminishing – just as surely as we are failing to revere our descendants by making sure they can live on a habitable planet with adequate resources.

    • pendantry says:

      I agree. We’re out of touch with nature, a feature of life that was ever-present in the rich lives of our forebears. As a result, we are as unable to fathom what we have lost — and are continuing to lose — as someone blind from birth cannot perceive colour; and we are misled into thinking that our material wealth is superior. The cult of the individual makes us unable to empathise with those who will follow us. Sad times, indeed…

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