“pretending to be permanent”

My friend Tumbleweed shares her New Year’s Eve story with a quote from Sherman Alexie about the impermanance of electricity. The juxtaposition struck me, as I watched An Inconvenient Truth on New Year’s Day. Not only does electricity masquerade as stable lightening, the physical basis of life on earth may be projecting its own impermanence.
I’ve wondered before about stubborn insistence of people (often enough, including myself) to retain social roles and traditions even in the face of persistent and evident harm. It does take time to break socialized habits, and judgment about which to break, where, at what times (when) and with/against whom requires a good ol’ long time to acquire. At least so it has been for me (and I’m not claiming to be an expert, although I’ll bet my trial-and-error list beats most).
The future is built both on what we deliberately imbue with meaning and on that which we refuse to address.

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