Today is the Winter solstice and it’s a full moon – something which occurs roughly every 19 years. It’s the lowest ebb – the only way is up – most serendipitous. More to the point though, it’s Mad Friday – Where does the word lunatic come from? That’s a triple Mad Friday then. it’ll be a frisky night in the ED.
One of my favourite passages ever comes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest –
Our revels now are ended.
These our actors, as I foretold you,
Were all spirits and are melted into air,
Into thin air: and, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind.
We are such stuff As dreams are made on,
And our little life Is rounded with a sleep.
I can’t imagine that Shakespeare had access to Eastern philosophy, but he has encapsulated the Buddhist concept of impermanence (anicca) perfectly. It points out that NOTHING is permanent. In the same way that a butterfly is born, matures and dies, so it is with planets and universes. I don’t get too het up about the jibberings of the buffoons any more. Most of the terminally destructive actions of the swarms of self-serving greedmongers who have irrevocably fucked the planet are beyond my control.
I try and unsubscribe from the crap and keep it simple. It’s a rewarding challenge to work towards ensuring that not one molecule of the steam off my turds contributes to the actions of the self-righteous puppet twats who are destroying our NHS and society in general – easier said than done. Our planet, alas is dying. We (as a species) have reasonable insights into curing some things but not the living rock that supports us all.
One thing that disappoints me is our sheer short-sightedness. The horrors that have decimated the lives of ordinary families, within so-called civilised countries, within recent living memory (Ireland to name but one), couldn’t possibly happen here. Our fine island life and our bourgeois bubbles give us all the protection that we need.