There was a report on the news this morning about some study on climate change. A woman was saying that people probably think this last decade was exceptionally hot, but with climate change, the next decade will be much hotter such that our current temperatures will seem relatively mild.
When I heard this, my first thought was, “why is this still being reported like it’s some surprising news that no one considered before?” But I was in the middle of doing other things, so I continued on with my morning without thinking much more of it.
That is, until just a moment ago when I was reminiscing about how relatively carefree life used to be, and lamenting how troublesome life seems to be right now. Pandemic aside, I feel like this year has brought a lot more “responsible adult” tasks for me.
(Is there a point in adulthood when there is no more to learn about being an adult, and you can just get on with life i.e. relaxing, doing nothing, etc? Probably not?)
But another news report this morning said that the US and UK are still very much in the uphill stage of the pandemic, with cases increasing at a concerning rate. A lot of Australians I know think we’ve been pretty lucky with how we’ve come out of this, particularly people in my state/city.
So while things are not ideal, someone from overseas might think that our conditions are pretty mild. And what of future generations? Who knows what is in store for them — bushfires, hailstorms, illness — and to what severity? Maybe they’ll also think our current conditions are mild, our worries trifling.
Of course, I don’t mean to discount our present struggles. But I think there is only so much lamenting that one ought to indulge in. So while this post might sound rather pessimistic, I’d like to think it’s more of a pessimistic optimism — bright side, silver linings and all that.
As for climate change — well, perhaps that’s best left for another post, perhaps written by someone else.
And, finally, a reminder:
‘It is my good luck that, although this has happened to me, I can bear it without pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearful for the future.’
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations