I’ve been feeling so guilty about all the creatures that need water and food and realizing there’s only so much I can do.

It was supposed to rain today and as usual, it was gray, humid, and dry. The clouds roll in and break up before rain falls. It’s so awfully dry. Other than the pots on the deck , there’s little (except deeply rooted trees) not brown, dead, or dying.

I’ve been reading The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara W. Tuchman. Any illusions I had that the “pre-world-war years” were the gilded years we have come to think they were? Nope. In fact, they are shockingly similar to the way the world is now, just minus the existential and calamitous threat of climate extinction. Although they were beginning to feel it even more than 100 years ago. Habitat destruction was well underway and if the cities can be difficult now, they were much worse then. Working conditions were horrendous too.

Meanwhile, every nation was eager for war. Especially Germany, but they weren’t alone.The weather was hotter than usual. Some of the hottest summers on record were during the last decade of the 1800s. Nations were arming themselves and the air was thick with bellicose threats. There would be a war. It was only a matter of exactly who’d throw the match, when it would become official — and exactly how the various nations would align. Whatever you’ve learned about that era? It’s probably wrong.

The problem for me with reading history is knowing there won’t be a happy ending. It’s history. I know what happened. Not the war to end all wars. Frankly, I think we’ve picked up the pace of war-making.

The story of humanity is a bummer. However awful we are now, it’s not new. We have always been awful. If the climate doesn’t kill us, we’ll find some other way. As a species we’ve been marching to our doom since the world began. I think we may have finally hit the bullseye.


What mythical creature would improve the world most if it existed?

How about God? Come on down. Throw those bolts at evil-doers. I’m pretty sure that would make believers out of most of us — and it might be the last remaining hope for saving humans from our own stupidity and arrogance.

Should the death penalty be re-instated?  Why or why not?

No. I can understand wanting to see some really bad people finished off, but if we become the killers, how are we better than the ones we are killing?

Spontaneity Or Stability?

Let’s go with social spontaneity plus financial stability.

Can a dog/cat suffer? What about an ant? What about a plant? What about a bacteria cell?  Why do some humans think we’re the only species that does suffer?  Your thoughts?

I don’t know about bugs and cells, but animals suffer. Anyone who has had contact with their own pets or farm animals knows this. The irony is that some people don’t care.

A few think it’s funny and enjoy torturing animals. Maybe for them, the death penalty isn’t an entirely bad idea.

Humans are arrogant. We think we are the only feeling and thinking species. Somewhere in this huge cosmos there are bound to be other sentient beings. We just haven’t met them. Yet.

What are two things that have brightened your day today?

Good question. I was hoping for rain, but it didn’t. Oh well.

Categories: #SYW, Anecdote, Death and Dying, Myths and Fables, Share My World

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7 replies

  1. Bring on the firebolts. Reinstate Zeus!


  2. Everything comes to an end including the human race. We happen to just be living in the times it has become quite apparent. We are seeing that beginning of the end first hand. I just hope most of the animals aren’t taken along with it. They don’t deserve it at all. They had no say in the matter.


    • I don’t feel like I had much of a say, either, but yeah, it kind of looks like we’ve done ourselves in. I do weep for all the creatures who we are probably going to destroy with us. What an awful pity.


  3. Thank you Marilyn for Sharing Your World. I’m sorry there has been no rain, that’s, in a way, horrifying. I always picture “New England” as green and vibrant with lots of rain. But silly me. That’s the ‘old’ world isn’t it? If you’re going to pick the one who might actually be able to do something, God is a great choice. But as we see, He doesn’t mess in human affairs, He lets us make all these horrible mistakes. Tough love from the All Mighty? Maybe. A few choice and well directed thunderbolts aren’t a bad idea either! Great answer! Beautiful photography, and Sir Duke looks healthy and feisty! I hope you both are well too! Have a splendid week!


    • I think this time, tough love may finish us off completely. There’s tough and then there’s “missing in action.” I think we are edging toward MIA. Perhaps it’s time for a fresh approach?

      New England is supposed to be green, if not vibrant. But, as you say, this is the new climate, the one that is supposedly just a lot of us yammering about nothing. This is not normally a dry area. This isn’t an arid region or never had been, before. It hasn’t rained since the beginning of May and that is a long time with no rain, especially in this region where we count on wells for our water. I just hope the weather breaks soon!


  4. I liked all of your answers, especially the one in which God is a mythical creature!


    • I think right now, he is for more people than he used to be. If he’s still hanging around, maybe he should pop in for a visit. You know, do his thing. Bet THAT would create a lot of believers.

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