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It’s given me a sense of equanimity that might be mistaken for apathy by an activist. I don’t feel the need to hold a future in place like water in my hands. I don’t feel the need to strive for one outcome above another. I’ll live the best life I can but the world, even my own life, is largely beyond my control.

There will still be beauty in the world even if we’re not here to witness it.

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I don’t know what consciousness is or how it came to be or even why, but I suspect it’s both precursor to all those things and inseparable from them. The distance between me and them is only the width of perception. Good or bad, joyful or painful, beginnings or endings, they’re all objects in consciousness.

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Everything that I experience, everything I think I am and everything I think I’m not, all are objects in consciousness. I can’t explain whatever it is that’s observing the sun rise over the water or the sound of migrating geese or dread for humanity’s future.

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Mindfulness mediation has allowed me some distance from my thoughts, enough room to recognize that consciousness isn’t defined by thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. Those are all objects that appear in consciousness, like ripples radiating from stones dropped in still water.

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At the risk of seeming fatalistic, I’ve come to an old man’s conclusion. I suspect our evolutionary trajectory was long since set, our options limited by our violent success. Constrained by our past, we aren’t really free to choose our future.

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The changing climate will create intolerable stresses on that population. Risks will cascade like falling dominoes—drought, famine, floods, forced migrations, failed governments, resource wars. Politics will likely turn brutal and regressive.

It seems like the evangelical vision of apocalypse is coming true, even without need of a vengeful god.

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There are microplastics in the depths of the Mariana Trench and the bodies of everything living in the ocean. We’ve initiated the sixth great extinction event. The earth groans beneath the weight of a human population that isn’t sustainable.

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I abandoned the church during the Vietnam War when the church abandoned me. I feel no need to replace one ecclesiastical despot with another but I haven’t been able to escape the dour feeling that the script we’re playing is actually a tragedy and there’s no deus ex machina to pluck us from disaster at the last minute.

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All my life I’ve lived with a sense of impending doom, a low-grade anxiety like background radiation.

I grew up a Southern Baptist (Southern California). My parents met and married in the Foursquare Church of Burbank, California where my grandparents attended, hard scrabble farmers migrated from Oklahoma and Texas. I have a long family history of faith justified by humanity ending badly.

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Backsliding Southern Baptist (Southern California); defrocked soldier (discharged conscientious objector, Vietnam War); professional sailor (instructor on San Francisco Bay, Hawaii-San Francisco deliveries, captain of yachts, dive boats, excursion boats, etc.); retired from Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

I live now on the shore of Chocowinity Bay, NC.

Current preoccupations: free will, consciousness, and sand.

And yes, my name really is Thrasher, Charles.


Backsliding Southern Baptist (Southern California); defrocked soldier (discharged conscientious objector, Vietnam War); professional sailor (instructor on San Francisco Bay, Hawaii-San Francisco deliveries, captain of yachts, dive boats, excursion boats, etc.); retired from Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

I live now on the shore of Chocowinity Bay, NC.

Current preoccupations: free will, consciousness, and sand.

And yes, my name really is Thrasher, Charles.

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