How shall we live?
Isolation makes philosophers out of us all. Minds, freed from “work” and “money” allowed to roam free. To think “outside the box” without any buzz-kills within six feet to criticize our flights of fancy.
And Kelly Slater, there in the Thinkers Paradise, on Australia’s Gold Coast, just posed an interesting question as it relates to the current Coronavirus pandemic.
“Do you think we have used and disrespected the earth enough or can we keep going at the rate we have become accustomed to?”
Thought provoking, no?
Since he asked, I think we all probably have used and disrespected the earth enough BUT he didn’t ask should we keep going. He asked can we and I, for one, think surfers can muster the will for more machine generated waves, Breitling Superocean watches retailing for around $7k with a nylon strap, FCS H4 fins that enjoy falling out of lightly glassed high performance shortboards and planting themselves into delicate reefs, SharkBanz that don’t work and get thrown into landfills along with their lithium ion batteries etc.
In short, consumption, BUT is all consumption the same? And let us re-ponder Kelly Slater’s Aristotle-esque question “How should we live?” as answered by the great Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard, bridging the aesthetic with the ethical through faith.
i.e. only surfing machine generated waves somewhere fabulous like Palm Springs, going Rolex, if $7k is in the watch budget, and insisting on a stainless steel strap never touching damned nylon which always gets stinky, using Futures and forgetting SharkBanz altogether, believing that the mighty Great White isn’t bothered by tiny electrical pulses.
Or did I misunderstand?