the speed of life

Driving out from dusk and into a night that blanketed New Mexico in darkness, I had an epiphany. I was hurtling my body through space and time with barely a thought. Encased in steel and turning on rubber I was moving at 80mph over the landscape with little more than a couple hundred feet between me and pure black. This is the present, yet barely one hundred years ago traveling between mesa’s was a time consuming and somewhat dangerous journey. People looked to the stars for guidance. They were seafarers of the earth shaping a living synthesis of people and place though movement, interaction and communication. One hundred years ago people could not even imagine the speed with which we glide over what was then rocks and boulders now crushed into asphalt, spinning our hubris into carbon particles. In two hours I will cover 160 miles of terrain oblivious to the lives that dwell here and distracted by the controls of my spaceship. I try to imagine how this route will be traversed one hundred years hence, and I am speechless.

flight path

I’m dwelling on all the people flying up there in the lower reaches of the stratosphere. Right now. Right this minute. Sitting, waiting, walking, listening, sleeping, eating, peeing, pooing, talking, watching. All shooting along at 500+ miles per hour while the captain throws another dinosaur on the fire and stokes the boiler. I came home from a long trip below the equator and across the dateline to the remnants of a flood that had torn through when the river log-jammed after a 500 year storm of biblical proportions. Below the 40th parallel south, we were caught in another historic storm causing avalanches, downed power lines and everything in between. We hear about the Colorado floods north of here, but little about the toxic effects, and even less about the swelling rivers in Russia and China. With 400 parts per million and counting time is no longer a prophet for climate change. We already have front row seats, paid for the viewing, as we sit back, warm our toes, and watch the earth burn. The human race is on a collision course with reality, and most folk are too blindsided to see that we are all in the drivers seat. Estimates vary Continue Reading →