On Winter Plans

Well, it feels more and more certain that I’ll have to get off the hill for much, if not all of its remainder, of this winter.  In Tahoe, that means through much of April, if not some of May.

I’ve f-worded around so long in making the decision, which is still only tentative, that moving my things into storage is no longer an option.  Therefore I’ll have to continue paying rent on my domicile in Tahoe.  But there seems to be no alternative, as this winter has already shown itself to be a hazard to anyone who walks, but has no sense of balance.  The danger of falling is real and present.

Now the question comes down to “what will I do?”

I want it to be conducive to my work.  As most of you already know, that is to spread the Message of my Vision of 1986.  I.E., “We’re not going to make it.  We’ve got to get off,” and all its ramifications.

I’ve been stymied in doing that, mostly by my own incompetence, and largely by not having developed a consistent way of going about the task.  With these new circumstances and my aging, I think it time to do something dramatic.  The self-immolation idea depresses me so much that I’m seeking alternatives.

Fasting may fit the bill, especially if I can use it to call public attention to questions I think are currently not on the viewscreen of most environmentalists.

The current plan is to establish a public presence on a campus and declare a fast.  I will make signs listing questions I feel must be answered and engage students and faculty in debate.

Some questions:
Is the life-force on this planet at risk?
How do you know?
Is the planet itself a living being?
If it is, is it mortal?
And are we killing it?
What is “God” about?
Is it “nature?”
Is it the “lifeforce?”
Is it Gaia?
If any of these, are we killing God?

How long I fast will depend on the answers I get.

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5 Responses to On Winter Plans

  1. Dallas Smith says:

    George, I think the fasting alternative is strongly preferred to the self-immolation impulse. The symbology is clear, threatening your own life by fasting to bring attention to certain issues and to spur discussion. But hope is possible to end a fast, while self-immolation is a final declaration of no more hope at all.

    • George says:

      thank you both for the encouragement. what i’m looking for is some way to make the conversation expand enough to include the far greater question of “what about life on earth” rather than that of only “what about the future of humans?” this is an immense jump for virtually everyone, since we both don’t imagine ourselves significant enough to even accidentally bring about a disaster of that magnitude, and we don’t think what happens to the rest of the life-force is of any importance. but i think we must make that jump if we are to make any progress toward avoiding an undesirable answer to both questions.

      the quandary is, indeed, that once death has come, there really is nothing more i can do. yet, seizing up, i.e., becoming so badly affected with physical or mental disabilities that one can no longer accomplish anything at all, is also inevitable–for us all–, so what to do with the remaining time, and when to decide to do something dramatic enough to draw real attention to questions being universally ignored, there’s the problem.

  2. Diana Hamilton says:

    George – I so respect your passion but don’t like the idea of your fasting as it could inpact your health, which is already an issue. I don’t have any better ideas but your personal health comes first as you can’t do a thing without it.

  3. Hank Raymond says:

    I agree with Diana.

  4. Barbara says:

    I agree with all three, fasting better than self-immulation, not-fasting better than fasting…I’m not sure either action would be persuasive/convincing in our culture…we can be singularly self-absorbed!! (unless that’s just me . . . ?)

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