April 16-B, 2023

Sunrise at Mesa Arch 02 05/11/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah
The Great Migration
is going to change the way
we do business
in this country,
and the way we live,
and the way we think.

The Third world is closer
that we realize.

When the coastal cities
have to relocate
because of too much water,
and the population of the western states
has to move
because of too little water,
it is going to transform
the world as we know it,
and there is no way to prepare for that.

We can't prepare for anything.
We have been knowing about the climate collapse
for four generations or more
with nothing being done.

"The Russians will never attack Ukraine!"
goes hand and glove with,
"Global warming is a myth!"
as a way of exposing our refusal
to deal with the unwanted
because it would "ask too much of us."


It's about to be demanded.
There won't be enough toilet paper 
to go around.
Or enough toilets.
Just for starters.

The basics of life
are no longer assured,
and certainly cannot be
assumed and taken for granted.

And we watch as things crumble
around us
and wonder today
what we can count on tomorrow.

With "How to survive?"
being countered with,
"Who wants to?"

We will live in the presence
of what each day permits,
as the Third World has done
from the start,
and as the homeless population
already does every day,
with leaving grandma/pa on the ice flow
becoming more real
as civilization crumbles in on itself
because of self-deception and denial,
and prosperity being the ruin of the world.

In that scheme, where do we turn
when we have nowhere to turn?

Emptiness, stillness and silence
remain the source of all things needed
to face the day,
every day.

Jesus had nowhere to lay his head.
The Taoist sages and Zen masters
all managed on Third World fare
all their lives.

Life is lived out of the inner source
of realization/awareness/savvy-hood,
with people having what they need within
to find what they need without,
but not without developing the practice
of listening/looking/hearing/seeing
that has guided the species through
long years to here/now.

We have to learn to know what we know,
and the time is upon us 
to sit still and know what we know
and what to do about it,
in the service of it,
moment to moment,
day to day.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

One thought on “April 16-B, 2023

  1. I am discovering the natural wonders of the country through your beautiful photography, and learning how to survive change through your meditations.Thank you.

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