Once in a while however, moments or periods of time occur when we can clearly see history unfolding before our eyes. Whether it be the Civil Rights era, the moon landing or 911; we know these moments or periods of time are monumental as we’re experiencing them. Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of The United States will be such a period. His presidency will be a time when we feel the cold winds of history occurring every step of the way.
This is the perfect storm.
He is at the helm of the most powerful nation in the history of the world at a time when the most powerful catastrophe in human history is approaching. Winter is coming and all while the most powerful man in the world doesn’t believe in winter. The self-proclaimed master of negotiations is now face to face with Mother Nature and she doesn’t negotiate … ever.
If you’ve ever watched the television series, Game of Thrones you can see a fictional story play out some of our non-fictional reality. Its basic premise is that of a bunch of powerful leaders battling it out for the chance to rule them all. Simultaneously, a much larger problem descends upon their world. Those thirsty for power of course either ignore or don’t believe in the larger problem except for a few who keep warning those who remain oblivious. In the show, the larger problem is a massive army of ice covered, walking-dead zombies. In reality we are the zombies but our apparent problem is climate change. In the show it appears these ice zombies can be defeated if the squabbling powers unite. In reality it appears that we are unwilling to come to terms with a problem that isn’t a problem at all, but rather a predicament. In Game of Thrones, the few warn the oblivious by saying, “Winter is coming.” In reality we not only have to deal with the denial of climate change, but also with those who believe it can somehow be solved.
I wish I lived in a world where we could simply come together and give ourselves a chance against what’s coming.
Unfortunately I live in a world where even those who accept winter is coming cannot accept the reality of the situation we are in. Some say if we had foreseen our current predicament we may have united and changed the inevitable outcome. To them I say, “Nope.” We were born into a living arrangement that had no future from its inception. Being born into it leaves one with no tools or more importantly, no sense of its deep rooted destructiveness. Living in the modern world just feels like life after all. The reality however is it’s not life but the destroyer of life.
So we march on into the abyss believing our modern living arrangement is life.
We continue to war with one another. We continue to hoard from one another. We continue to remain blind to our predicament. So before we jump all over President Trump for disrupting our best laid plans. Before we blame him for injustices performed on behalf of the state. Before we blame him for his denial of climate change. We may want to consider that our living arrangement has been a disruption to those who remain unseen to us. We may want to consider that injustices by the state continue because we remain apathetic and comfortable. We may want to consider that his denial in actuality isn’t any different from our own when it comes to the realities of climate change. Winter is coming and believing we can solve it is more ridiculous than anything Trump has said or done up to this point. We’re history.
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