The Other I

July 3, 2015

Glimpse of the future

Filed under: Environmental Issues — theotheri @ 8:36 pm

Two days ago was the hottest day ever recorded in Great Britain.  Ever.

When you look at a the globe and see that Great Britain shares a latitude with Siberia, one can appreciate just how hot that was.  The temperature hit 37.4 Centigrade or 99.3 3 Fahrenheit.

I lived for many years in New York City, and also in Spain.  So it wasn’t the hottest day I have ever experienced.  Although after living for 12 years here in England, it felt like the hottest day, and I was utterly exhausted and occasionally nauseous.

It felt like a glimpse of the future.  Environmental change is happening, and that change includes the seemingly contradictory changes reflected in exceptional heat as well as exceptionally cold winters for some, record-breaking droughts along with deadly floods and acidfying oceans.

But personally, the loss of energy I experienced felt like a it could be a glimpse of my own future as well.   If my getting to be seriously old-old is going to feel on a daily basis as tired as I felt during this heat wave, I’m not so sure I’m interested in lasting that long.



  1. …there would certainly be days you would be happy to be around.


    Comment by tskraghu — July 4, 2015 @ 12:39 am | Reply

    • Yes, I agree. Actually, it is hard for me to imagine not being fascinated by life, whatever form it takes. But I also have seen in all forms of life – in humans, in animals, in plants, – that a time comes when they know that it is time to go into that future, whatever that is. I hope when that time comes for me that I can embrace it with the courage and graciousness I have had the privilege of seeing in them. I strongly suspect you know what I mean.


      Comment by theotheri — July 4, 2015 @ 6:55 am | Reply

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