Stay with me on this. I promise I have a point, and perhaps even one that is worth taking the time to read, in these final days of life on earth as we know it.
One of my favorite blogs posted a piece today on how to cope with “this week”, a euphemism for the inauguration and all that is taking place in Washington. While this particular blog is not about politics, I recommend you visit hers, especially if you are a liberal, progressive, moderate or true conservative. Change of the scope being proposed, by leaders who sometimes don’t know what their organization does, should make you stop and think. That is what this blog is intended to do, and thus this monologue.
While we still have the Internet to turn to, I searched “What to do in the apocalypse?” After several pages of entries devoted to zombies, which I hope aren’t relevant, I came across two results worth considering.
The second, and I am not kidding here, is an article from The Economist entitled, “I Will Survive.” The article, while occasionally a bit tongue-in-cheek, is a serious discussion of the phenomenon of survivalist culture in our country. The fact that the Economist, in 2014, would address what to do in a global economic collapse means that sane, dull and ordinary people have reason to contemplate what to do if the utterly impossible happened, as many fear is the case now.
The first recommendation I have, however, is for you to give thought to a fairly random list of “50 Things to do During the Post Apocalypse.” Most of the list turns from silly to practical and back, but two suggestions struck me as brilliantly appropriate in the context of whatever you choose to call current events.
And here is my point, for when, whether now or someday, the world crumbles around you and there is no hope to save it or escape. First, “write your memoirs.” Capture and share how you got to wherever the end of the world is. It is likely to be a good story and perhaps a lesson for the future, if there is to be one.
Second, and this is key, “write your manifesto” of what the world should be if you could rebuild it. Identify and articulate your values and describe what a world built on those might be. There are times, I know myself, when all one has is hope and even that seems gone. I suppose I am speaking to myself here, but even if there seems to be nothing one person can do, and everything is in free fall, grounding yourself in your values is a place to begin – again.