Here are a few things I would like to share with you
First, imagine this science class experiment.
Bacteria are one-celled (unicellular) microorganisms that can only be seen with a microscope, but as they reproduce they can form rapidly into huge, fuzzy colonies that can be easily seen with the naked eye. The purpose of doing this science experiment is to demonstrate to students how quickly bacteria can reproduce, in a geometric progression, when one cell splits into two cells through a process called binary fission.
This process of growth can begin quickly,- in as little as 20 minutes!
The way the experiment works is that, under the care of a qualified instructor, sterile powdered agar is mixed with water and nutrients, and heated and poured into an empty petri dish. Then a source of bacteria is added. The most common method of adding bacteria is to place a dirty coin right in the middle of the dish. The bacteria will start to grow immediately, and over a period of days the students can watch as the dish fills up with the fuzzy bacteria.
As the nutrients are devoured, the fuzzy bacteria completely fill the dish. And then finally, when the nutrients are depleted, the colony dies off.
End of experiment!
And then, extrapolate the experiment.
Global warming?,- is a real thing.
Climate change?,- is a real thing.
Global habitat destruction??,- also a real thing.
We are living in a closed system.
It doesn’t matter what you choose to call it. We are chopping down tree after tree, while our vehicles, and our factories, and our lifestyles, and our ever-growing population, are slowly filling the air and water with pollutants.
Are we no better than a dish full of mindless bacteria, gobbling up our resources, and expanding? Until there is nothing left?
The adults of my generation, just like every generation before us, are spending our days sitting on a set of railroad tracks with our heads down. We are looking at our phones, checking our graphs to see how our stocks are doing, plotting our next move, planning our retirement, paying our bills, mowing our lawns and trimming our hedges, and all-in all, doing well in keeping up with the Joneses.
Presently using our charts and graphs to determine how we can maximize earnings during covid.
Should I buy?,- or should I sell?
What will the economy do next?
And all the while, there is a headlight of a train that has appeared in the distance. It’s just a faint twinkling-star kind of light at the moment; a bit far away. And with a few drips of water from a melting glacier,..
(going plink,.. plink,.. plink,..),
Along with a few photographs in a magazine of a lonely, solitary polar bear struggling to survive in some distant, faraway land of melting ice,..
There’s nothing really to worry about. It’s all too far away. The train is only a faint tremor in the ground at our feet.
Will we wait, to turn our heads at the very last moment? When the ground at our feet begins to shake and rumble with a roar?
That is the nature of our species. To put off todays problems for tomorrow. For the sake of profit. And convenience.
For the sake of comfort, in the present.
I’m writing you today because our world needs a generation of brave, young, and fearless leaders. A generation that is not afraid to be different, not afraid to be looked down upon by their elders or their peers for doing something different, and pursue something other than the greed and lust for gold and power and comfort, that so much characterizes our world. A generation that is not afraid to break ranks.
I believe in you! You can do this!
Now is your time!
An Open Letter to the Graduating
Class of 2021
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