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We Can Be the Heroes of This Story


When we watch a movie that revolves around some existential threat to humanity or even the planet we are reassured by the film makers that the Heroes will save the day. We enjoy the drama, the threat but ultimately feel relief when the Heroes succeed in saving us all.

The difference between those films and the threat of climate change is urgency.

In the movies there’s only ever a couple of days to save the world, right? It’s now or never. The Heroes fly in and we can all sit comfortably back and watch.

The trouble is, climate change IS here, now! It’s threatening our very existence and the existence of millions of other species, but because it ‘seems‘ to be happening slowly we don’t feel the same urgency (me included). In the grand scheme of things it isn’t happening slowly – it’s racing ahead at breakneck speed and guess what…we are sitting comfortably back watching.

In this story WE need to be the Heroes. WE are the only ones that can avert disaster. WE have to save ourselves and everything else.

At this point in a movie someone might say: “So, are you with me?” Then, we cheer as everybody steps up to the plate and we think: “Yeah, I’d step up if I was a superhero.

So, are you with me? Are you a superhero? I hope so. Let’s do every small thing (and big thing) we can in our own way.

Now where’s my cape?



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Are you aware you are a genuine fake?


Seems a bit insulting doesn’t it?

I don’t mean it to be.

I was listening to another Alan Watts lecture where he explained the origins of the word ‘person‘.  It comes from the Latin ‘persona‘ or ‘of sound‘. This was the name given to the mask that actors wore which, some speculate, had a tiny megaphone shape at the mouth part in order to amplify the actor’s voice.

So what – I hear you say.

Interestingly, we call ourselves a person – which means we are saying we are a mask. And like the mask of the actors – we are playing a part. A part which is fake, and we wish it to be fake.

Some of us are playing the part of the hero, and some the part of the villain. The drama needs both parts in order to be interesting and captivating and exciting. But when the show is over, both hero and villain take a bow to rapturous applause.

Puts a new perspective on the villains of the world doesn’t it?

Food for thought.




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