Harbinger of doom?

By: Kirsty

Jan 09 2010

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Category: Daily Photos, human constructs

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Aperture:f/22
Focal Length:18mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/125 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II

no fuel … no joke

I confess to experiencing a shiver when I look at this out of service petrol bowser. Sure, it made an interesting photo, but it also feels a bit like a harbinger of doom – I guess we’ll be seeing more of these before too long …

I feel concern, as most do, about peak oil, the climate crisis, humanity’s impending doom. Yet I still plan to go on the road, in a car, using fuel and apparently adding to the problem. Hard to justify – so I won’t even try. Perhaps we really are just too selfish to survive. I’m pretty sure most of us feel small in the face of what seem like insurmountable problems. Nevertheless, I will continue to choose a viable future for our planet, preferably one that can sustain human life. If we are to achieve this we will need to become a very different type of human.

I don’t seem to have a lot of success when I try to change things outside myself. There is a school of thought that suggests we can do nothing more powerful than follow our hearts. Around half a century ago the visionary genius Buckminster Fuller proposed his beautiful theory of precession. He used the example of the honey bee to illustrate the idea. The bee is drawn to the flower to drink, you could say it is just following what it loves. By doing this it gathers pollen from one flower and deposits it on others, fertilizing them and guaranteeing their continued life. But the bee doesn’t know about that, doesn’t need to know. It’s just doing what it loves. ‘Bucky’ said it was the same for us. If we follow what we love we will serve the world, though we may never know how. The results we create will show us whether we are truly following our hearts. Life constantly gives us feedback. ‘Bucky’ said we should pay attention to this feedback as we steer our course through life.

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