Is there any point any more?
This is a question I have been asking myself lately. I have tried to keep up with current events for decades I've tried to do my little part to make a difference by supporting environmental organizations that I studied carefully and gave consideration based on their efficient and effective use of funds before donating to them. I've written letters, made calls, attended city, county, and state level governmental meetings, spoken up for what I believe, voted, even organized a gathering to promote global warming awareness, and attended rallies.
And now, after several decades of doing my little part, I ask myself, "Was it worth it?"
I have used a quote paraphrased from something Vaclav Havel said to continue to motivate myself to keep on advocating for the environmental ans social issues that I believe in. That quote is, "Hope is not the conviction that things will turn out well. Hope is the conviction to do what makes sense no matter how things turn out."
Sounds great, but then I look at where things are going: The environment is heading toward (or more likely already at a point of) a point no return leading to a long term collapse that will probably take centuries if not millennia to restore itself to a natural balance. Democracy is all but dead. Racism, sexism, homophobia are still a huge issue (especially considering the advances that began 50 plus years ago, this should no longer be a thing). Resources created each year by the planet are consumed in 6 months time. The oceans are dying and one of it's greatest and strongest defenders, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has hijacked by a wealthy developer/ recreational fishing outfit owner.
So I began to think today, if "Hope is the conviction to do what makes sense no matter how things turn out", could it be that what makes sense is to stop giving a shit and enjoy what's left of my life. Have all the many hours and many dollars been wasted effort and assets? This does not mean that I would consider living a wasteful life or stop recycling or buy a brodozer and burn as much gas as possible or live any differently than I do now. But I ask myself, if all of this has made little or no difference, is it worth it? If those of us who care are a minority up against a population that continues to over-reproduce and over-consume, is there any sense to caring any more?
Right now, I don't know. I just don't. Is there hope for things to get better, or is it better just to not give a damn? I really like to know. And no answer here will offend me. I just want the truth.
"I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
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