There’s strangeness in the air this time of year.
Can you feel it?
That strangeness is really there all year. But its scent is much stronger now and it’s everywhere, because during December it flames and spreads like a wildfire invading not only our physical lives, but who and what we are. And when that bizarre element wafts like some pandemic invader, it morphs into an anesthetic that makes us all surrender the last month of our calendar year—willingly.
It reminds me of H.G Wells’ Time Machine. If you don’t know the story, it’s about a time traveler who creates a machine that takes him far into the future—in the story the year is AD 802,701. What he finds is that there is a two class system of humans: the simple Elois and the brutal Morlocks. When a mind-blasting siren blares, all the conditioned Eloi people drop everything and deliver themselves (in a trace-like state) to the underground Morlocks — who are definitely not vegetarians. The Elois don’t fight their fate, they have been trained to surrender, and that’s just what they do.
Like all of us do in late November and early December.
Today, people even look forward to leaving their Thanksgiving tables, not with a feeling of joy or love, but in some kind of black fog that they recreate on the following day to bow before the legions of corporate offerings. Like H. G. Wells and his Elois, we are summoned and we appear.
It seems H. G. Wells didn’t really need to go as far into the future as he did for his scenario—aren’t we allegorically already examples of his story? But Wells doesn’t stop there. In The Time Machine, written in the late 1800s, this brilliant writer and futurist travels even farther ahead in time, and he sees some of the last living things on a dying Earth where the world is frozen and silent.
Aren’t we making this writer’s prophecy come true by our surrending in a trance-like state to that finality, as well?
We humans are supposedly intelligent, and yet, we are obsessed with consumerism to the point of mindlessness while all around us species of plants, animals, and ocean creatures are disappearing at a catastrophic rate.
Our world is dying, not only in December, but in every single month of the year.
And try wrapping your head around this fact I read on facebook.com/discover the forest: The average American child can recognize 1,000 corporate logos, but can’t identify 10 plants or animals native to his or her own region.
Does that fact cut through our dazed brains as we walk to the malls?
Children will reach adulthood and not have a clue about the natural world they live in.
What’s wrong with us? Have we totally lost the way when we prepare our children to accept annihilation by only learning to be good consumers and not becoming the future guardians of their own nest?
Look around you!
Are we begging for extinction?
The Organ Harvesters (Assent Publishing)
A damning evaluation of a system that has put technological advancements ahead of human rights, and protection of the environment