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Evolving Better?

Peter Nicholson

Along The Way
There are parallel realities. A single event can shift us from one to another, from denial to truth, ignorance to insight, normalcy to mourning. I am waiting for us to flip into the deeper authenticity of climate change from this surface lie in which we’re so immersed. The suicide of the 18yo son of close family friends last weekend has jarred me from my everyday existence into a pervasively grey mind space. With climate change, all kinds of indicators are highlighting that something isn’t right. But the truth has yet to become inconvenient enough to pursue the level of innovation required to adequately address it. The source of my young friend T's despair remains a mystery. In a smack of irony, I recently led a team of undergraduate interns on a project examining how student mental health issues could be better addressed on their campus. T would have been a first year at a leading liberal arts college this fall. Lest we ever forget, “sustainability” is fundamentally about preserving our own existence, not achieving some idealized state of nature. Life on this planet has over 3 billion years of evolution and resilience over us humans. We’re the newcomers. Hopefully, we’re striving to better learn how insure our own continuance, whether at the level of dear individual friends, or our species.