Read this, Please!

I need your input.

I am writing another book; my third. It is about the changing planet.

But first I want to tell you a story.

I know Scott Draper. He is the founder and CEO of the Club Northwest. It is the club that Jean goes for her Rock Steady class, and she has been going there for some time.

Indeed Scott and I have struck up a friendship and we now meet up at Scott’s home.

At our first meeting at Scott’s home he lent me the National Geographic’s Earth Day, 50th Anniversary Special Issue printed in April, 2020. It is a magazine that may be flipped and read from either end. On one side there is “A Pessimist’s Guide to Life on Earth in 2070”. On the flip side there is “An Optimist’s Guide to Life on Earth in 2070”. It was a very powerful read.

For on one hand the pessimist’s opinion was speaking of now, of current trends, of the fact that if we don’t change, and change relatively soon, say within the next five years, “our reckless consumption and abuse of resources have made the world a deadlier place for us and for the rest of life on Earth”. It conveys despair!

On the other hand the optimist’s opinion is that life will be different in 2070 and also warmer, “but we will find ways to limit carbon emissions, embrace nature, and thrive. It conveys hope!

I asked Scott which opinion he supported. Scott told me the following:

There is a legend of two people; a grandfather and his grandson. The grandfather explains to his grandson that there are two wolves fighting inside of him, that they will always be there as he grows up and becomes an adult.

“I have a fight going on in me, even at the age I am,” the wise old man says. “It is taking place between these two wolves. One is evil; he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

The grandfather paused and looked at his grandson, and then continued; “The other wolf embodies the best of our emotions. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. Both wolves are fighting to the death. It is a fight that is going on inside you and indeed every other person, too.”

The grandson thought for some time about what his grandfather had just said. Then he looked up at his grandfather and quietly asked, “Which wolf will win?”

The grandfather gave his reply: “The one we feed”

Now this is an image that serves as a metaphor for our inner sense of conflict. This parable is a powerful reminder of the fight that every human being must face. Regardless of the type of person you are or what kind of life you lead, you will find yourself battling two conflicting emotions at many points in your life. Whether the fight is between anger and peace or resentment and compassion, it is important to recognise the conflicting feelings inside you and to feed the values and choices that matter most to you.

Now I am of an age where I won’t be alive in 2070.

But I am interested in the opinions of others who will be.

I want to ask the following questions:

First Name: Surname: DOB:

Email Address:

Do You Support An Optimist’s Guide to Life on Earth in 2070: Yes / No (please circle one)

Do You Support A Pessimist’s Guide to Life on Earth in 2070: Yes / No (please circle one)

How Many Years Before It Is Too Late To Demand Change: (Please tick your answer.)

Less than 5 years

Between 6 and 10 years

Between 11 and 20 years

Between 21 and 50 years

More than 50 years

How concerned are you? (5 is highest, as in very) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Please circle one.)

Please leave a message if you want to:

Please will you consider helping me.

I am not going to present another post this week. In other words, I will leave this up until the end of Saturday, 26th June.

If you are happy to help me then send me your email address (to paulhandover ‘at’ gmail ‘dot’ com) and I will send out the above survey on the 28th June, 2021. All the recipients will be a bcc.

The survey feedback will be required by a week later; July 5th, 2021.

I will publish the results just as soon as they have been collated.

Thank you very much.

5 thoughts on “Read this, Please!

  1. Well good people, I have received one email so very surprised by that. That is strange considering that the blog has over 4,000 followers and ‘unfollowing’ is such an easy procedure. I presume that 99.9% of the followers are a long way north of the age of millennials (born from 1981 until 1997). If anyone has a better idea then I would love to hear from you.

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    1. I have a better idea: use a poll block to embed your questions into your post. This would enable your visitors to avoid all the ickyness of resorting to email.

      Alternatively, you could invite responses in comments. Here are mine:

      1. First Name: Surname: DOB:

      I decline to provide those as they’re mostly irrelevant. The first two you already have (from previous email correspondence); the last, although it can be used to gauge age, which arguably is relevant (I believe that youngsters are more likely to be concerned about dangerous events that will happen during their lifetime) is an item of personal data that I avoid distributing widely.

      2. Email Address:

      You already have mine. Odd question though, since you’re asking here for communication by email, so you’ll have it from the email… ?

      3. Do You Support An Optimist’s Guide to Life on Earth in 2070: Yes / No (please circle one)

      No. (Sorry, can’t circle it. Don’t think I could do that in an email, either.)

      4. Do You Support A Pessimist’s Guide to Life on Earth in 2070: Yes / No (please circle one)

      Yes. (Sorry, can’t circle it. Don’t think I could do that in an email, either… btw you could combine these two questions into one, as it’s a binary choice.)

      5. How Many Years Before It Is Too Late To Demand Change: (Please tick your answer.)

      I am unable to choose any of the options you offer. The answer I would give would be -20 years; it’s already too late.

      6. How concerned are you? (5 is highest, as in very) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Please circle one.)

      My ‘rating’ for this varies from day to day. Today’s rating is a ‘3’. How concerned I am personally is influenced by a variety of factors, such as (a) I have no progeny to be concerned about and (b) I’m not as young as I used to be and will probably be dead before the real shit hits the fan (though I could well be wrong about that).

      7. Please leave a message if you want to:

      I’ve been banging on about climate change for years; see my post six years ago ‘Are we ready for 2015‘ for instance, which is highly relevant to this topic. Far too few people pay any attention, and far too many are still deluded that it’s not a problem that can’t be solved (by someone else, naturally), and brainwashed into thinking that it’s a good idea to get a ‘free upgrade’ for their mobile phone (for example).


      1. Very recently I was in personal contact with a local Professor of Climate Science. He agrees that it is too late and all that we can do is to control the amount of global warming that we are to be affected by. He teaches Environmental Science to a group of students and he has invited me to address this class in late August and seek their views. That is a real bonus for me and rather invalidates the above post. To my chagrin I have a very close friend, a Californian, who denies that this is a crisis and thinks that this warming is all natural and has some benefits. Thank you, Mr P. for that feedback!

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  2. Wonderful to hear you are writing another book!

    I wanted to share a website from UNC-Chapel Hill (hope the link below works). Your post made me think of my friend and scholar, Professsor Paul Leslie, who is an anthropologist, and more recently, the Chair of a new department, “Environment, Ecology and Energy.”

    He’s excited to work in this area, I know, and we are all lucky to have him as a leader in this field. Paul is a busy person, but is passionate about his work. He’s also an approachable down-to-earth person (in my opinion), who truly cares about and lives by what he teaches.

    Here is the link to the site for that department in case you feel moved to look at what they are doing.

    Good Luck to You in your new adventure!


    DOGKISSES (Michelle Bostic).


    1. Michelle, just a quick reply to say that I shall most definitely follow that up. Indeed, a little earlier this morning I was speaking to a good, old friend back in England, Peter McCarthy, who told me about a unit at Cambridge University that are devoted to researching the latest in climate change. We all seem to be on a roll on this. Thank you once again!

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