My Cycling Thoughts for Today

The headwinds were light as I set out for Pitscottie, up and over the hill and into Cupar, where I called into the industrial estate, to purchase an 8X4 sheet of 12 mm plywood for a Christmas toy I am working on. They say they will deliver it this afternoon, great service.

Home by 1 O’clock and under the shower, split a soda farl in two and stuck both in the toaster, eaten with hot butter running down my fingers, you can’t take the lad anywhere or possibly back a second time to apologise for his appalling manners. It’s gid tell yir mum.  I could have drunk a well dry so two pots of tea followed the farl.

Something I love about cycling is that it slows your pace of life right down. It gives you time away from all the distractions at home – time to think. Today was no exception. I was thinking of COP (out) in Glasgow, has it been a success or failure?

“We don’t have a right to ask whether we are going to succeed or not. The only question we have a right to ask is what’s the right thing to do? What does this Earth require of us if we want to continue to live on it?” Wendell Berry.

XT (extinction rebellion) is often criticised for having demands that are unachievable when really it is a way of fixing our adrift civilisation. XT is a smoke alarm, an emergency brake a way of getting governments to face up to the reality of the crisis at hand. However that is just the start, what we have to figure out then, is a way to change everything, to create a better society that works for people and the planet.  

I am sure we all agree, we need to change, and that change must come sooner rather than later. We can not wait. We must change systems if we are to stop the growth juggernaut, from barrelling over us all.

As XR’s greatest supporter, Greta Thunberg, most memorably put it, when she spoke earlier this year to the global ‘elites’:

“We are at the beginning of mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of endless economic growth. How dare you!”

We need to change the system, not for any ideological reason, but simply because the emergency demands it. I grow up with food rationing after the Second World War that was nothing to do with socialism, and everything to do with survival. Yet it did make society more equal, a beautiful coincidence: What we needed to do to survive then, is much the same as what we need to do to survive now. Changing the system for our survival will inevitably lead us to a more equal society, and a better quality of life. Both things are compatible – and possibly why the governments of the western world find it so difficult to do.

Tomorrow I will try to get my head around capitalism – a terrifying thought.

Stay safe.

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