Free Fall — Gone

Gone (Joe Carlisi)

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There is no such thing as a doubt that our acquainted world has undergone vital change in recent times and continues to vary at a speedy, accelerating price. Seen from the attitude of geological time, the  transient second of human historical past on earth appears, to us, an eternity. The relative and non permanent environmental stability that we skilled appeared particular and everlasting . . . and we grew used to it . . . comfortably adjusted to it. We constructed our civilization . . . the “social order” round our expectations of permanence and relative predictability of the earth’s patterns and assets. We took it without any consideration.

The expectation of predictability that was constructed into nearly each side of human enterprise and exercise has diminished markedly and continues to evaporate at a speedy tempo. It’s the glue that holds our world collectively and unites our collective notion of actuality. Now, it’s gone.


The outcomes of the present environmental meltdown are vital, unsettling and infrequently lethal.

Persons are as a lot part of the planet’s surroundings as

the rest and as such are topic to the identical unbalance and destabilization that affects your complete ecosystem. Particular person consciousness / notion in addition to the collective consciousness are deep in troubled waters. We aren’t exempt from the chaos that we now have produced.

Pandemics, famine, fires, water disasters on each ends of the spectrum – dry and moist, growing catastrophic climate occasions, huge contamination of the air, land and sea, conflict, determined politicians making an attempt to shore up an unraveling social order . . . all at epic ranges. No protected havens left . . . growing hazard and difficulties with journey. It will get worse each


When will our world return to regular . . . to the best way it was?

By no means. It could actually’t. “Water underneath the bridge”, (because the saying goes).

 A brand new stability  will settle in. When and the way it will look are unknown, unknowable and unpredictable. The incalculable forces of nature are in play.

The unsettling impact of core component destabilization of the worldwide surroundings is simple and really obvious. It’s taking part in out within the conduct of people and within the collective actions of the social order . . .  a marked enhance in nervousness, melancholy, suicide, aberrant (typically violent) conduct and basic disfunction in any respect ages, in any respect ranges of the social spectrum.

Wishing to return, struggling to reinstate occasions previous are sadly futile . . . an effort to attain the inconceivable. At greatest, we are able to, as people, take duty for our actions and regulate our private life to extra sustainable practices in an try to mitigate the continued degradation of the worldwide ecosphere . . . the platform on which rests all life . . . together with ours.

Because the window for halting or reversing environmental free – fall  closes, one other  window is opening. What might be revealed is unknown at this time limit, however as nature seeks and ultimately finds its stability, a unique world will emerge.

Evolution is, principally, the flexibility of residing organisms to make optimistic, adaptive change / adjustment underneath the strain of adjusting environmental circumstances.

 Maybe, it might be a extra profitable option to concentrate on navigating and calibrating our vitality on the “now,” reasonably than staying mounted on the receding view within the rearview mirror. “Water underneath the bridge” is gone and can’t be reclaimed. At greatest, we’d be capable of  gradual it down and reduce destabilization.

Perhaps, upon reflection, the previous is greatest left behind. Why attempt to return to one thing that clearly failed . . . a lifestyle that resulted in an incapability to maintain life . . . a world view primarily based on fictions that resulted in a path to extinction? Have been they actually “the great previous days”? Are we actually longing and struggling to go backward? To repeat failed decisions?

Joe Carlisi


Joseph Carlisi – Biography     

Born and raised in New York Metropolis, he earned BA and MA levels in Philosophy at Hunter School of the Metropolis College of New York after which continued his graduate research in Philosophy and Synthetic Intelligence at Massachusetts Institute of Expertise working underneath the mentorship of Marvin Minsky. Joseph labored as an element time content material and replica editor for Harvard College Press (science and medication) whereas attending M.I.T.     

After ten years as a college lecturer, researcher and administrator, he began and managed an promoting / public relations agency in San Diego, CA that dealt with a variety of business accounts. On the educational aspect, he printed a collection of seven articles on animal conduct for Harvard Journal and two books: “A Information to Private Energy” and most just lately “Taking part in God on the Eve of Extinction”.

Joseph Carlisi creates oil on canvas work that may be described as vivid, surreal and sudden. His work have been exhibited and offered in: Honolulu, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York Metropolis, Miami, Tokyo, Yokohama, Amsterdam, Berlin and Salvador Brazil.

Joe’s artwork is accessible for buy.

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