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Walking in an Anthropocene Wonderland: "But I'll know my song well before I start singing"
by Phil Rockstroh

According to a recent, exhaustive study commissioned by the US Department of Energy and headed by a scientific team from the U.S. navy, by the summer of 2015, the Arctic Ocean could be bereft of ice, a phenomenon that will engender devastating consequences for the earth's environment and every living creature on the planet.

Yet, recently, Chuck Hagel, US Defense Secretary, said (in defiance of common sense and even a modicum of sanity) that the US military will escalate its presence in the Arctic, due to the fact that "[the] potential for tapping what may be as much as a quarter of the planet's undiscovered oil and gas."

Secretary of Defense? More like Commissar of Mass Suicide.

This situation is like a family of self-destructive drunks inheriting a brewery.

Sans hyperbole, it is exactly like making the choice to exist as fatally self-involved consumers as opposed to multidimensional human beings possessed of heart, mind and soul.


I mean, just what kind of suicidal clowns flounce through life gibbering on about bacon straws, cupcakes, online images of kitty cats, and the latest Playstation model when the specter of extinction looms and their psychotic leaders are doubling down on the criteria of doom?

This is like giving Charles Manson the codes to nuclear missile silos.

In the Anthropocene Epoch, in our manic flight from consequence and accountability and our attendant estrangement from empathic imagination, we have come to regard all the things of the world as fodder for our empty appetites, as commodified, meretricious objects that exist to distract us and then be discarded. By our actions, we are destroying the living things of the world by caprice. The fetishization of mechanization and its concomitant soulless and habitual reductionism has mortified our psyches inflicting alienation that we attempt to remedy with the palliative of perpetual media distraction.

Devoid of the musk and fury of true communal engagement, this communion with electronic phantoms only exacerbates our alienation and decimates one's ability to evince empathy, when, conversely, empathy is the quality required to feel the suffering that hyper-capitalist industrialization has wrought. If we are to pull back from the brink of extinction, we must lament what has been lost to cupidity.

Yet, one must resist the temptation to become intoxicated by grim prophesy. It is possession of the qualities of sadness and gravitas that separates an individual bearing accurate augury from false prophets. The tears of the world will saturate the soul of an individual who lives in the truth of our era of Climate Chaos and global-wide ecocide.

"And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking,
But I'll know my song well before I start singing"" -- Bob Dylan, A Hard Rain Gonna Fall

Allow the images of thinning polar icecaps, of oceanic acidification and depletion, and of the 150 to 200 species of plants, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals that become extinct on a daily basis to permeate your heart and mind. Thus, you will know the tears at the heart of things.



Image: Zdzisła Beksiński: Lost At Sea by Zdzisła Beksiński, Creative Commons


Then decide what your song will be, arrange it according to your individual talents, and start to sing. Because we must end this paradigm or it will end us.

The changes we yearn for must be first glimpsed and nurtured in the heart. Creative expression (e.g., art, poetry, fiction, inspired prose) serves as the quickening agent of dreams. Language constellates from the quanta of possibility, where it gains scope and shape, so that ideas can become manifested by means of action and form.

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Phil Rockstroh is a poet, lyricist and philosopher bard living in New York City. He may be contacted at: phil@philrockstroh.com. Visit Phil's website: http://philrockstroh.com/ or at FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000711907499
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"In the sky there is nobody asleep. Nobody, nobody... by Phil Rockstroh on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 10:36:57 AM
I was alarmed when I read out of context (which is... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 8:04:00 PM
... By 2025, private-sector investments on DoD ins... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 8:05:33 PM
Unfortunately, there is no opportunity to correct ... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 8:20:27 PM
Eric, I hope YOU'RE not endorsing Hagel's e... by Patrick Walker on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 8:35:14 PM
I have pointed that out in prior articles, and als... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 10:00:56 PM
Eric, I knew you'd pointed it out, having r... by Patrick Walker on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 at 6:38:11 AM
"Honest radicalism" it was not, because it wasn't ... by Eric Zuesse on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 at 4:06:58 PM
@Eric Zuesse Hagel's (full) statement is a pure O... by Phil Rockstroh on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 at 1:49:10 PM
Well said. I've been reading   EF Schumachers... by Rob Kall on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 11:19:31 AM
Another great philosophical book I strongly recomm... by Patrick Walker on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:03:06 PM
A PS to my last. I also recall a g... by Patrick Walker on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:32:35 PM
Two other books I consider related: One from Frien... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 1:12:27 PM
" This situation is like a family of self-destr... by Derryl Hermanutz on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 2:27:30 PM
remedies are ENRONesque, here in australia,we now ... by thomas vesely on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 3:31:31 PM
Great piece!  Your brewery statement caused a... by Kevin Tully on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:12:27 PM
A book that I consider a must read is "In The Abse... by Susan Lee Schwartz on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 at 10:24:56 AM