The Curse of Living in ‘Interesting Times’ by John H. Richardson, in Esquire

There’s a certain level of creative license that is evident in this piece published in Esquire. Notably, I had no idea I was talking to a journalist when this conversation took place. For the record, I didn’t talk about harassing the power of capitalism although I did mention carbon tax as an urgently needed but temporary, short-term mechanism. Nor do I wear thick, horn-rimmed glasses. But read on…
“The New York Times was a little schizophrenic today. One headline said the Paris climate talks were going great: “High Hopes For Accord As Second Week Starts.” On the facing page sat tidings of doom: “Pledges On Climate Will Be Useless Without Action and Funding.” I sympathize. As The Times was finishing up these stories the day before, I was trudging down to the lobby of my Paris hotel carrying a bag heavy with pieces of hope–flyers from hundreds of dreamers and business people who gathered in the “solutions” section of the U.N.’s conference center to show off their carbon-eating grass and carbon-soaking char, 3D-printed electric sports cars and futuristic solar systems. Maybe somewhere in there we would find a magic bullet or an accumulation of little successes that would add up to some magic. At the least, the pile of flyers was an encouraging reminder of all the millions of tinkerers and builders who are, in the absence of meaningful government action, trying to take personal responsibility for the planet. Humanity can be beautiful that way. But down in the lobby, I sat down near a very serious-looking woman staring somberly at her laptop through thick horn rimmed glasses. “I’m thinking of leaving myself,” she said. “I’m booked through Thursday, but it’s just so discouraging. I might as well go home and learn how to knit socks.”…

for the rest of this piece, go to : The Curse of Living in ‘Interesting Times’

About Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.
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