(ed: i feel the new zealand climate-swerve is nearly here – and the excessive heat during this summer has helped bring this about..but i am in fact surprised it has/is taking so long to happen..i mean..f.f.s..!..how much more fucken knowledge/awareness do the mass population need before they turn on the politicians and demand : ‘action..! now..!’..
bring on this death-anxiety – if it leads to the needed swerve..eh..?..)
What I am calling the climate swerve is a matter of individual and collective awareness.
It is a state of mind and not in itself a form of action but it can lead to action.
Swerves are not orderly.
This one seems particularly haphazard and in almost all of its details – unpredictable.
Yet we sense that we are in the midst of something formidable and ultimately hopeful.
One thinks of Bob Dylan’s insistence that ‘Something’s happening here but you don’t know what it is. Do you – Mister Jones?’
With climate swerve we all become Mister Jones in our uncertainties.
But there are some observations that we can begin to make.
The term ‘swerve’ comes to us from Lucretius – the Roman poet and philosopher who lived during the first century BCE.
Lucretius was referring to a movement in the small particles he believed constituted our universe – a movement that was an unexpected deviation from the ordinary.