Responses: How will we live tomorrow?

How will we live tomorrow?

“As time goes on, gay and lesbian issues will disappear. I think of gay prejudice like nuclear waste, it has a half-life. The prejudice gets less, but never quite goes away.”

Richard, bisexual, Kansas City, KS

How will we live tomorrow?

“How we will live tomorrow is my job, sort of. I’m an archaeologist and have been looking at the rise and fall of large-scale, complex societies for a while (https://www.routledge.com/Why-Did-Ancient-Civilizations-Fail/Johnson/p/book/9781629582832(link is external)). My main point, I suppose, is that fossil fuels are a finite resource. We haven’t planned for what the world will be once we stop using fossil fuels. I am directing my research at what I call “low tech” solutions, that is, solutions that can help solve basic sustainability problems in a post-fossil-fuel world. By sustainability, I mean “able to support human and other organisms with a long-term view.” I think we need to create a stable-state economy and cultural ethos. In short, we need to depend on renewable resources in the amount that they are renewed. It means adapting to the changing world (unlike what we’re doing today, which is pretending the world isn’t changing or finite and attempting to maintain the “progress” status quo).

“Tomorrow” is such a nebulous term. For those living paycheck-to-paycheck it has a different meaning than for me, but regardless of how everybody lives today, it is a fact that we’re going to have big changes coming as fossil fuels run out and I don’t hear anybody talking about what comes next.”

Scott Johnson, cyclist, St. Louis, MO

 

How will we live tomorrow?

“Can I get back to you on that?”

Craig Lubow, attorney, Kansas City, KS

How will we live tomorrow?

“One second at a time.”

Christie, cashier trainee, Wamego, KS

How will we live tomorrow?

“Happy.”

Tamera, shapely brunette, Wamego, KS

How will we live tomorrow?

“I will look forward to the Presidential election being over. I wish I could say things will be better for my kids and grandkids, but I don’t know. We are farmers, five generations of farmers, but the prices we get are so low.”

Cindy, Grassroots Art Center Lucas, KS

How will we live tomorrow?

“I don’t dwell on it. I don’t even think about it. I just think about food, sleep, and video games.”

Emily Earhart, teenager, Bennington KS

How will we live tomorrow?

“Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior?”

Helen, fellow distributor of yellow cards albeit different message, Plainville, KS

How will we live tomorrow?

“One day at a time.”

Marty Nitzberg, Monument, CO

How will we live tomorrow?

“I don’t know how we’ll live tomorrow. I’m an archeologist. I live in the past.”

Don Rowlinson, curator, Studley, KS

How will we live tomorrow?

“Mine will be the same old thing; tomorrow and Sunday and Monday. I get Tuesday off.”

Tracey, cashier JD’s Restaurant, Hoxie, KS

How will we live tomorrow?

“We don’t know if we will be here tomorrow. We are between the earth and the hands of God.”

Lekbria, Moroccan immigrant, Denver CO

How will we live tomorrow?

“You’re living free, so you have it made.”

Mike, native Vermonter, Goodland, KS

How will we live tomorrow?

“We better take care of the earth.”

Barbara, KATY trail cyclist, Hingman Junction MO

How will we live tomorrow?

“You can start with ‘do no harm’: ecologically, socially. If you can get there you can move to having an obligation to others. But don’t assume they have an obligation to you.”

Wes, Casino buffet diner, Boonville MO

How will we live tomorrow?

“Eventually we will lose everything. We are destroying our earth.”

Pam, convenience store customer, Polo MO

How will we live tomorrow?

“Work. If I’m here I can’t be doing anything wrong.”

Austin, McDonald’s employee, Colorado Springs, CO

How will we live tomorrow?

“Happy. Life always throws you disappointment. You just let it go.”

Dominic, 26-year-old unmarried father of five by three mothers, Pueblo CO

How will we live tomorrow?

“Who knows?”

James Fallon, inmate, Pueblo CO

How will we live tomorrow?

“We will live pretty much like today’ just another day. Another way to look at it is to live life to the fullest and don’t regret a single thing you’ve done.”

Casey, 11th grader, Walsenburg, CO

How will we live tomorrow?

“I’ve been asking myself that. That’s why I made this change from living in a Hindu Ashram community in Taos to living here. I got a lot of the Ashram but I was never fully part of it. Already I feel a part of this community.”

Goldilocks, new employee and resident, Snowmansion, Arroyo Seco NM

 

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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