We are the avalanche that stopped thinking about the future | Antonio Scorati

From Antonio Scorati

Since the French Revolution, twenty generations have hoped that the lives of their children would improve. Either we react now or we won’t do it anymore. The day of “rescuing those who can” is approaching, but no one will be saved

“Now my wife and I are afraid of the future.” to say it The father of one of the victims of Marmolada
Refers to Drama raising an orphan granddaughter. However, we can all legitimately say so. In fact, we must say so. In fact, the future has become a bad place. To understand what I mean, ask about the tone of your mood. Do you not feel that background of sadness that spoils the joys of this long-awaited summer, A bitter taste poisons the seasonal sweetness of watermelon And the apricot? Don’t feel it creeping gloom Who spoils your days with the disappointment of a savior’s promise? You can’t really nameThe excruciating shortness of breath that holds your breath in the unbreathable heat of the world, so much so that you curse summer, I love the season from a young age, the “beautiful season” of our childhood lives? Here, that latent gloom, creeping disappointment, excruciating shortness of breath is the postcard your future sends you.

Thousands of years ago, in traditional societies, mankind lived Focusing on the power of the past, then, starting with French RevolutionTwenty generations of women and men legitimately hope that the lives of their children and grandchildren will be better than the lives of their fathers. It was a real revolution in outlook, no longer looking back but forward. These women and men discovered the future. They fought for it, worked hard, trembled, and believed. Finally, starting in the 1980s, The future has been forgotten, perhaps abandoned, removedWe began to live trapped in the mere present, we stopped looking at the horizon. Then the future sun set on the west.

This shift to our collective sense of timethis constraint is within a narrower time dimension, it is named differently Hedonism, selfishness and individualism But perhaps it’s time to come to terms with a more bitter truth: We stopped looking to the future because we didn’t want to see itBecause the future is a bad place.

Now it is impossible to see. It is clear that the tragedy of Marmolada concerns us all not with easy human speech, often hypocritical, but because Beneath this severe avalanche, our remaining illusions about being able to live a good life are buriedA beautiful summer day, the promise of happiness. Even worse: We are buried and buried. In the Anthropocene, nature no longer had anything to do with it. Now Earth’s environment is shaped by us humans. To separate the avalanche from the glacier – which was once considered perennial – our apartments were heated in the winterOur SUVs when the kids never grew up, our scarce steaks, our incompetence, our endless numbness in the face of impending environmental catastrophe. In short, we are an avalanche.

We have reached the point of no return And not just from an environmental point of view. until yesterday Climate warming It was a scientific abstraction, and now it’s experimental data. Now we all see the desolate pebbles of the barren rivers, we all shiver at the gale-force winds that irritate like never before on our bodies one day the gentle breezes of the Mediterranean, We all run away from a killer sun, we all curse the summer. Thus, the point of no return is also moral. Either we respond now, or we take back our general destiny now and We are doing everything we can to reverse the suicidal trend of climate changeOr we never will. If we do not collectively resume the struggle for the future now, we will soon succumb to individual despair, to stagnation, to abandon melancholy. The day of “saving who can” is approaching. On that day, it goes without saying, no one will be saved.

Jul 6, 2022 (change on Jul 6, 2022 | 08:59)

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