Wednesday, July 7 2021

Quote of the Day

Overse added, “Just remember you’re not alone here.”

I never know what to say to that. I am actually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.

Martha Wells, Network Effect

Oh look, my Internet’s back! This will likely be a short post because it was out from about 9 am until 3:30 pm.

Tears are a good reaction

I can’t stop watching Bo Burnham’s Inside reaction videos. Special props to people who let their vulnerability be on camera.

Ok let’s get on this hope train!

After thinking really hard yesterday about What Am I Even Doing, I first had the thought that if it really doesn’t matter what I do, I might as well do Something. It’s better than angsting with no end in sight.

Then I was given this quote by a friend, and that helped:

The purpose of our lives may not be to produce something wonderful or to become rich or famous or renowned for wisdom; the purpose may just be to express our own sincerity doing completely whatever it is we do.

Darlene Cohen

And then I thought, why don’t I just focus on looking up solutions instead of watching and reading things that put such a fine point upon the malaise of our rapidly accelerating dystopia. That might be a help.

THEN I thought, oh wait, the working theme for my novel is: how to live through the end of the world. And all this mental sludge of grappling with doing exactly that is actually really helpful in thinking up ways to show my theme. Neat!

But really, focus on solutions. To that end, YouTube (their algorithm is possibly in my brain and it’s more than a little scary) surfed me up this:

3 Climate Change Solutions that could actually happen

Once again I’m tired of this whole we have to be vegan to save the planet BS (the way we farm is shitty, whether it’s a plant or an animal, and fixing that is what actually needs to happen), but I was there for the other solutions. In fact, I was super there for the website they were talking about in the video that is a collection of climate change solutions that when put together would stop climate change?

Project Drawdown

Wait, we’ve solved this shit already?

Climate Change Solutions Resources

Oh fuck seriously we’ve solved this shit already

All we really need to do is motivate people to action. And that, in theory, is what good art is supposed to do! Feeling hopeful already.

Together is way better

In a Divided Country, Communal Living Redefines Togetherness

Maybe I’ve been thinking about how important being settled in a community is to me within the past couple years because I don’t want to be on my own surrounded by strangers when civilization crumbles. Which, hopefully, won’t actually happen. Because hope!