“safe at home”- poem by willi paul, planetshifter.com

call the kids. heat up the soup. alter a skirt. find the cat.
floss your teeth. turn off the light. find a tool. take a shower.
check that air pressure. cheer for the team. swallow your pills.
pour the milk. make love in the garden. wave at your neighbor.
pet the dog. empty the dishwasher. watch channel 7.
talk to dad. shop online. take out the recycling. take a walk.
re-boot the computer. clean the mirror. mark the calendar.
turn off the timer. bring in the groceries. fold the socks.

shake-out the crumbs from under the toaster.

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  • Sounds so "normal" doesn't it?—yet there is so much we take for granted. I just started watching the "Outlander" TV series. I read the novels decades ago about this woman who, in 1944, "falls through the stones" in a circle of standing stones in Scotland and lands 200 years back in time in 1743. Talk about a paradigm shift! Conversely, I also recently read James Howard Kunstler's "A World Made by Hand," a novel set in the fairly near future when civilization has collapsed and none of the things, products, services, commodities and daily activities really survived. It all bears some thought, doesn't it?

    Nice post, Willi.

    • "none of the things" - There is a difference between "none of the things" and "the things that we need". How many marriages in Hollywood end up in divorce? Of course people who can't find a common language, but there is something about succeeding in Hollywood that they wouldn't be able to find a common language even with some imaginary ideal and perfect husband and wife.

      As we (one nation after another) start hitting and grinding along the limits to growth, the bigger problem than "none of the things" will be whether we need less tricks to create funny money or less food, water, and air. You can't just wake up one morning in a dysfunctional society.

      1000000 grains of sand is a heap of sand (Premise 1)
      A heap of sand minus one grain is still a heap. (Premise 2)
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