It’s Grim up North

Everybody, at some point in their lives, should try and read or learn about both Ethics and Philosophy. The ability to be able to critically assess every idea you’re given is a life skill that a great many people could sorely do with attaining, especially before being given the keys to a social media account. Once you realise that ‘reality’ is only a definition and not necessarily the world around you? So much begins to alter. It’s the foundation of everything else in existence, underpinning enormous swathes of contemporary education, business and crucially entertainment. Let’s ask A Famous Actor to put both together for your mind-altering pleasure…

So, if time is a flat circle, it should not surprise those living through Covid that their lives are, amazingly, incredibly similar to those of their ancestors. But hang on, they didn’t have protest or media stars running their country… ah, but you see, they did. Just because social media has given so many a voice, doesn’t mean that this is the first time ever people have stood up for their rights and worked together. Your experiences may well be unique to you, but that does not necessarily mean those are unique in a wider context, and this is a crucial fact that it’s easy to overlook for expediency, as so many people are already doing.

All that has happened will do so again, unless history is listened to and summarily rejected/embraced, depending on which way you come into all of this. I’ve been at environmental activism since the 80s, and we’re still no further forward in some places than was the case back then. Ironically, the loss of coal as fuel was never the problem, it was how business and government sold it both as industry and a career that was. The echoes with this and finance as the same is not lost on a brain that can already see this forgotten in a decade.

It is easy to see who is learning right now: there are undoubtedly those with absolutely no interest in anything except how their lives remain the most important part of reality. It makes perfect sense, of course it does, as the fear that results when forced to consider anything outside that sanctified bubble is both feeling and action I’m very personally acquainted with. Except, as a human being, fear is part of your growth experience. It is what makes people travel across the planet, urges them to undertake superhuman acts. To overcome your circumstances, to triumph against adversity is a victory against a very human emotion.

With fear under control, literally anything is possible.

I’ve spent a lifetime reading other people’s self-help manuals, looking at how to be happy. The one trick that nobody wants to tell you is that there is no cure-all: they all just hope you’ll make them rich. Once you decouple from the idea that someone else has all the answers, that buying stuff or treating yourself is all just your brain tricking you into a cheap dopamine hit? Honestly, it all gets an awful lot easier. The true reality is balance, and making sure fear never has enough fuel to destroy your life.

If you can manage all that and still feel happy? That’s a pretty decent life, right there.

2 responses to “It’s Grim up North”

  1. World event here is used as a point in time of prominent importance while climate change faces the challenge of not having any of that sort. Yet in terms of influence it is one of the biggest events. It’s a problem that can get traced back to the Industrial Revolution, and should be on our minds since the 1980s. Way too big for any generation to own.
    Then there are the events that, cumulated, sum up the aftermath of the Cold War, and occured primarily during the 1990s, a decade commonly known for its relative peacefulness. Focussing too much on it risks devaluing the end of the Cold War, yet our foreign policy afterwards was marked by astounding neglect. For many people arguing today that we weren’t responsible for contemporary political events, political issues ended with the Cold War and new ones arised in 2001. From that PoV current affairs indeed are fuck-ups of other nations.
    But the internet creates world events. So in that regard, yes, there are more world events than ever. The internet plays an important role in the world growing closer together and social networks getting tighter. Previously, it would’ve taken months or years for Thursday’s events to travel around the globe and sending grave signals. Those spikes of authorian events wouldn’t have been as spikey. These days it’s easier for the world to actually get caught up in events that affect it. We don’t have to wait for historians decades later who string all these different occurences together, and maybe people downplay that aspect when they say it’s too difficult to interpret times while people live in them. Maybe because of the internet, of who we are now, we can indeed be more pro-active, and have the duty to do so.


  2. Indeed, and those that think all of this is ‘not their problem’ will discover that even if the immediate truth bears this out, long term consequence is often significant, as is the case with the BLM Movement and major advertisers…


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