Thursday, June 8, 2017

Our "beautiful moment in time"

Credit: Tom Toro, The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank

I came across this cartoon on the website in an article on "the money power" published by the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice. And couldn't resist.

The past and future time-scale the cartoon invokes inevitably brings up for me that "Carbon Pulse" graphic in the Nate Hagens presentation I featured in my last post (May 24). That thin vertical spike representing only a few hundred years in the 16,000-year timeline is our "beautiful moment in time."

When and while we have access to those vast amounts of ancient sunlight energy embodied in the fossil fuels.

And yes, there is a seriously un-beautiful downside on that spike. But we humans have created a lot of really beautiful things other than "value for shareholders." Let's not forget. And let's be somehow inspired to work together to keep that cartoon scenario from happening. Here's the most beautifully inspiring thing I've seen lately:

Click on the picture to see the YouTube video introduction to a remarkable documentary-in-progress. The website ( says:

This is an experiment in using documentary and poetry to reveal the threads that tie us together—as people, as states, and as a nation. For two years, filmmaker Jennifer Crandall has crisscrossed this deep Southern state, inviting people to look into a camera and share a part of themselves through the words of Walt Whitman. The 19th century poet’s “Song of Myself” is a quintessential reflection of our American identities. Who is America? The question will always be a difficult one. But if you listen to Alabama’s many voices, you may hear some of the answer. "For," as Whitman says, “every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."

Here's a link to an article telling you more about the project:


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