Happy Earth Day everyone!
I'm sort of stressed right now. I can feel the nodes in my neck and the tension in my head. I'm stressed mainly because there's a lot of noise in the house right now. Vacuum cleaners, people talking, water running. I'm also stressed because I'm putting off writing some comedy.
I have long term built up anxiety blockades about comedy writing that I need to topple. Which I'm doing. Because I'm taking a weekly comedy writing class.
Anyway enough about me, more about us! Specifically: the earth.
We're all apart of the earth. We are the earth. Which isn't often recognized. I think we see the planet like a Minecraft landscape.
In Minecraft each block is a resource you can destroy and rebuild to whatever you desire.
The world is expansive, and aside from the occasional animal or beast it's yours alone for the taking.
I'm just saying we should see the earth more like this:
Something more flowy, interconnected and nuanced. But even the big anthropomorphic hot chick is sort of narcissistic. Why should a human be the focal point of all cosmic creation? We're a tiny part of big circle. So maybe a better view of the world would be this:
There we are. Apart of everything. And isn't that what the natural laws of life point to? We procreate. We dissolve, back into the earth from which we came.
No one ever stood at the highest building in wall street, overwhelmed with family neglecting, car buying, and steak consuming and said: "Hey. I feel so connected and whole right now."
But maybe someone has done that. That would be a great movie: A suit who actually finds a spiritual enlightenment in all the things we associate with corruption.
But- for the sake of sustainable living lets argue that the ideas of circle and flow, and being a small piece of something bigger is more conducive to a total planetary wellbeing.
This is why I like old Italian Cities. I've been to Italy, I'll have you know, and I throughly enjoyed getting lost in the winding and sloping cobbled streets inside stone city walls.
Everything is curved!
Here's another city I've really enjoyed being in: Amsterdam.
Notice anything vaguely... circular about it?
This is Palmanova. A literal circle/star town in Italy.
By contrast here's the layout for Vancouver:
Why so many squares Vancouver?
I see a total of 1 circle in Toronto.
,I asked my family for a random U.S city. I took my dad's suggestion of Chicago. I was not disappointed by the squares.
Look, all I'm saying is how depressing is a strip mall? A row of perfectly square dead looking stores?
Gray on gray. Concrete on concrete.
In order to reconcile our relationship with nature we must reintegrate within nature.
I'm kind of hungry. I'm still kind of stressed and I propose we design our homes, cities, and every aspects of our lives to mimic the patterns we see in nature.
That's a whole lot of circles.
Take that Minecraft.
Here's a photo of my mum and I after preparing two postcards.
Have a great Earth Day!
#28 “This isn’t the Vancouver I remember. It used to be warm with longer summers. Now it’s unpredictable. Art can make a difference especially if it’s interactive. It can spread awareness through photos or videos. That alone is more powerful than words.”
#27 “It’s going to get to a point when we realize we can’t eat money. That’s the thing about places some people call “Third World Countries”, they just have a different way of living that’s closer to the earth. That’s why I want to get out of here and go back to Egypt. My relatives have an organic farm there, where I’d like to go work and just live.”