Sunday, January 8, 2012

Shall We Go?

I recieved an email sometime back referring to an article in the NY Times about Kurt Vonnegut by Dinitia Smith. The article ends with a quote from "Requiem" by Vonnegut:

"When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
“It is done.”
People did not like it here."

Another of my favorite thinkers, George Carlin, said that we shouldn't be worrying about saving the planet -- the planet will be fine -- it's the humans that are in trouble.

I hope that we can occupy this wet little rock for a much longer time and in some sort of harmony with it, but it is beginning to look doubtful.  There is hope; the population growth rate is slowing, and perhaps there will be enough thinkers and doers to offset the wasters and the greedy before it is too late.

If we don't survive, I hope the blue planet continues it's journey without us and that other inhabitants enjoy it, but I wonder if they will be able to create as we have? Will there be something as productive as Stephen Hawking's brain, or as beautiful as a Leo Kottke guitar solo?

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