Chronicles in Ordinary Time 141: The World of Tomorrow

Today’s List:
Unrestrained Fiscal Irresponsibility among the Republican Congress—that part of our government that complained so LOUDLY about ‘tax and spend Democrats’ during the previous Administration. Shame should be rampant.

What we are leaving for future generations to deal with? Do they even care?

From the film, Tomorrowland:
Nix: Let’s imagine… if you glimpsed the future, you were frightened by what you saw, what would you do with that information? You would go to… the politicians, captains of industry? And how would you convince them? Data? Facts? Good luck! The only facts they won’t challenge are the ones that keep the wheels greased and the dollars rolling in.

But what if… what if there was a way of skipping the middle man and putting the critical news directly into everyone’s head? The probability of wide-spread annihilation kept going up. The only way to stop it was to show it. To scare people straight. Because, what reasonable human being wouldn’t be galvanized by the potential destruction of everything they’ve ever known or loved? To save civilization, I would show its collapse.

But, how do you think this vision was received? How do you think people responded to the prospect of imminent doom? They gobbled it up like a chocolate eclair! They didn’t fear their demise, they re-packaged it. It could be enjoyed as video-games, as TV shows, books, movies, the entire world wholeheartedly embraced the apocalypse and sprinted towards it with gleeful abandon. Meanwhile, your Earth was crumbling all around you.

You’ve got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation. Explain that one! Bees and butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, algae blooms. All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won’t take the hint! In every moment there’s the possibility of a better future, but you people won’t believe it.”


“And because you won’t believe it you won’t do what is necessary to make it a reality. So, you dwell on this terrible future. You resign yourselves to it for one reason, because *that* future does not ask anything of you today. So yes, we saw the iceberg and warned the Titanic. But you all just steered for it anyway, full steam ahead. Why? Because you want to sink! You gave up! That’s not the monitor’s fault. That’s yours.”

Everyone thinks of changing the world; no one thinks of changing themselves.

Doctor Who: “It’s not just work, it’s your life. And it’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible. Or, what’s impossible? What’s a fantasy?”
Last Christmas [2015]


If I invited people to ask, I’m sure someone would wonder why I spend so much time and energy on Doctor Who…
…because the Doctor brings hope. We need hope so much, right now.

The above image is one I created some time last year; having watched Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. As I usually do, I got caught up in the details of the space ship, and created a poorer image. Getting rid of some of the literal improves the result.

Now that I have my Editing/Graphics computer running again, almost ready to get back to editing videos, I decided to use the Doctor as my ‘desktop’.





















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