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A Beginning and An End: A Visual Narrative (Revised and Republished from 4/14/2019)

 

Staying on theme this week in anticipation of completing a rather long analysis of the recent Democratic Presidential town halls on climate change, I reprint a piece from this past April.  It feels relevant under our ongoing discussions on the fate of humanity and our planet itself.  The study of the town halls will likely appear on Sunday.  Watching those seven hours of cynical politics combined with the deadly earnestness of shifting tones is absolutely exhausting.  In the meantime, please consider this.  Tomorrow I expect to revise and reprint a piece on American football as a religion.

 

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until

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and

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and even

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with

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feeding this

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Finally, on earth

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and then

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until, eventually

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and they reigned

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Time passed

and life grew harder

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until the end finally came

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But life has a way of moving on.

 

New life arose

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and

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and

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Finally, many years later

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and we know at least part of the story

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We disovered new things and came to thrive

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I suppose we learned

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Things changed rapidly after this

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It got even weirder:

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Finally,

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then

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years later

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This transformed the world:

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and on and on and on

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War continues, but perhaps even worse

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If

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then

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This leads not to

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but this

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Yet life, as always, continues to move on

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It is not the end of the earth

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And so take heart

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Because we don’t so much harm the planet

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It is only ourselves

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