For whatever reason I have been thinking about our existence quite a bit recently. Perhaps this is not so surprising considering recent events. Last night a friend of mine came over and we walked along the river with a near full moon dancing along beside us.
We spoke of life events, we joked about with our ribald humour. My friend thought the idea of a beach on the river would be a great idea. I disagreed. Too dangerous with a river like the Fraser whose currents are swift and incredibly strong. It is a working river as well. The other factor is that the debris this river has in it could definitely prove to be an issue. I watch fallen logs coursing down the river at high-speed and would not want to be in the way of something like that.
Still, the idea of having a water park much like they have in Coal Harbour and over by Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park is a good one. There is presently a stretch of asphalt that could accommodate such a venture.
I found myself looking up into sky with an awareness of what is out there. There is indeed an infinitesimal number of galaxies and universes. How far out does this space go? Does it have an end? Does it have a beginning?
We had been discussing movies and I thought of the movie that is about to debut called ‘Elysium’. It would appear the rich and powerful built themselves a luxurious space station of sorts once our planet began to sag due to mankind’s raping of her resources. It would appear that Matt Damon is going to set everything to rights but Jodi Foster’s character is going to try to thwart him. At least that’s the take I get from the film’s trailer.
This triggered the thought about how people are always depicted as lambs being led to the slaughter in these movies. As is the case in ‘Elysium’ the state of the planet in this movie shows people living in abysmal ruins. I got to thinking, if tomorrow we woke up and did not have the technology that we currently enjoy, would we be able to survive? Could we come together as a people and delegate our resources and produce food and living accommodations to sustain our general wellbeing? If money was no longer a viable necessity and did not dictate our day-to-day lives how would we manage?
It is a tough scenario to puzzle through. I would like to think we are civilized enough to come together, yet I know there would be factions that would likely revert to a more primal mentality of a dog eat dog world.
Yet, when we see disasters happen worldwide, I am always moved to tears at how people do come together to support one another. Oh we do see the ugly side of humanity, those that in their ignorance see the possibility of some gain for themselves at the expense of others. But the beauty of genuine caring and love far outshines this.
And I looked up at the stars, seeing only few due to the light pollution we have on this planet now, and wondered about all the other beings out there. I have no doubt in my mind that in this infinite known as space intelligent life flourishes in abundance. I wondered if they have had similar struggles as us or is there something in our primal DNA code that causes us to behave so poorly at times.
And yes, we as humans still have so far to go. Women are still fighting for equality. People are still getting killed because of the colour of their skin. Children are still going to bed hungry. Death is being exacted due to our various beliefs in a supreme being. The divide at times seems to grow deeper. Why?
Perhaps I am naïve in my thinking but I really do believe the good in us will prevail. We are amazing creatures. I think if we came together as one it would be a very beautiful world.
And as John once challenged us in song…”Imagine all the people living life in peace…”
On that note I will sign off and get out there and enjoy this Sunday.
Thanks again for stopping by. Peace.