What to say at the end of 31 days… That the experience wasn’t at all what I expected, though I don’t know what it was I did expect? That I wound up writing something other than what I wanted to write, but those unwanted words led me to know which words I do want? That what started as a bit of fun has begun to coalesce into a calling? And what does that mean going forward?
Although the tribulations of our world will always have a voice here, ongoing Ebola updates will no longer find themselves the focus. Instead of facts and fears we will concern ourselves with questions. Questions like:
- Where has this happened before–in history, in fiction?
- Where might this trend be taking us?
- What might that future look like, sound like, feel like, taste like?
- What have the great creative minds of our generations and those that came before seen in their crystal balls that might help us?
- What might we need? What might we use? What might we discard?
- What can we do now to prevent or prepare for it?
- What can we do to change it?
It is only by asking questions like these that we can begin to make a difference–in our ability to survive or avoid any looming apocalypse.
I believe that no single one of us can see the big picture, but that the connected community of us can begin to piece together the puzzle. Which piece do you hold? Science? Technology? Fashion? Solace? Truth-revealing fiction? Heritage seed saving? A tasty recipe for an alternative to Soylent Green? Whatever it is, I am inviting you to share it. My job will be to create space and to ask questions. That first part I will be tackling between now and the new year. The second begins with this:
What one thing in the world right now do you consider the biggest threat to our survival–as a person, a culture, a species?
Whatever it is, sit with it. Let it rest in your mind until you begin to feel a way to transform it. One small step may be all it takes to change everything, especially if you share it. Please share it.