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#199 | Slow learning is kinda our thing
Let’s be real. Things aren’t looking very good for any of us here on planet Earth. There’s climate change and pollution and drought and corruption and more things wrong with the world than I can name here. It’s depressing, to say the least. And the sheer scale of our problems is overwhelming, enough to paralyse us into inaction.
Can you tell cynicism is my speciality? But take a look around you and tell me: is there any reason for it to be anything but? My work doesn’t necessarily help, either. Every day, I read and write about disease and disaster, about public health crises, climate change and our inaction in the face of it all. Every day, I fuel my pessimism about the world.
One way to make my peace with our miserable fate on this planet is to do what we do at The Kable. We serve bleak news with a side of dad jokes, wordplay and digs at anyone who deserves it (and if we’re in the mood, even at those who don’t). We never hold back from making a poor joke about the poorer state we’re all in. We hold a certain irreverence for the people, corporations and governments not walking their talk. And I think we do a pretty darn good job of telling the stories of our global realities today.
A lot is doom and gloom in our present. But does it have to be in the future?
There’s another way to make our peace with our miserable fate on this planet: first, to tell ourselves a more creative story about the future; then make it happen.
As with some of my other Just One Things, this one also comes back to stories: an exercise in imagination which could be the solution to our collective cluelessness.
Our collective storytelling and story-believing has created our current reality. Can we now imagine a good enough story for our future? One that’s more creative, more ambitious than the ones we currently tell? Let The Stuff of Imaginaries show you how.