First Frost of the Year

I don’t recall having a sharp frost in October before. Yet the last two mornings we have woken to white roofs and cars. And some of this covering of white, in the shade, has still been there at 11am. Even more surprising as I live on an island sticking out into the Irish Sea, whose moderating effect means that we don’t usually get much ice here at all.

Frost on a roof

Presumably, like the extreme heat of the summer and frequent high-winds & storms we’ve been experiences this year, another indicator of climate change: extreme weather and upset climate patterns due to global warming.

Even if we ignored such ideas before, the evidence is increasing in our face as biting cold or sweltering heat. The Earth’s weather is not what it was . . . and it is getting worse. The changes are already significant and affecting more and more of us on an increasingly regular basis.

Even if we take a detached view and say it’s a natural cycle that we can do nothing about, it’s still going to impact on our lives. I’m thinking that it’s time to accept that this is one of those things that is beyond humanity. Indeed, to think that we might somehow affect climate change could be yet another sign of the arrogance of our species that has already led to so much destruction of this amazing planet we call ‘ours’.

I was listening to a debate about coastal defenses and how sea-level rises due to global warming were putting many homes at risk. Err, yes: if one wants the benefits of a sea view, doesn’t one also have to accept the possible down-sides to one’s ‘perfect’ location? Whilst we might reasonably expect governments to keep infrastructure (roads, railways, energy supplies) from being washed away, why should they have to pay to protect private dwellings?

I’m not sure what’s brought this on, but I feel the need to write about ‘getting real’; how conscious evolution is sometimes about accepting that humans, individually or collectively, cannot solve all of life’s problems. There are some things, such as a rising tide, that just are. Attempting to control such natural forces is not mankind being clever but our species displaying a lack of conscious awareness towards the universal forces of life. Is admitting defeat often a sign of wisdom?

Another example is dying. It’s not just modern medicine that keeps so many living so long: it’s a fear of death. And yet, listen to the warnings from those who’ve done the figures, and the message is clear: keeping us alive when our bodies (and minds) have worn out is a major factor in why the UK (and probably other countries) are in so much debt. Wouldn’t it be a lot cheaper, and wiser, to help people die, naturally, when their time is up?

Another aspect of conscious evolution is to stop caring what others may think about what we say. I’ve finally dared to say what I’ve been thinking privately for some time now. It’s my truth, but one that comes from very deep inside me and from beyond me: I thus make no apology for it.

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