The Other I

July 3, 2015

Glimpse of the future

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.

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2 Comments »

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

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    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.

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


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