Before It Gets Better

They say It Has To Get Worse Before It Gets Better.

I aim to challenge the notion.

It has to get worse before it gets better.

Do you think so? Good chance; lots of my smartest friends do. Why?

They say it has to.

First off: What is “it?” Life on Planet Earth. You know? The Future. The future of the human species; specifically related to our embarrassing little self-extermination problem.

It must get worse before it gets better.

10 years ago, a Rwandan with enough money could buy a bullet in the head — from the genocidal mob who would otherwise beat & hack them to death with clubs & machetes.

Yesterday a car bomb turned a Baghdad food market into what one witness described as a “Swimming pool of blood.”

Early this week two friends of mine checked on the well-being of their close friend — who was distraught over a damaging legal situation. They found their friend hung by his neck from the ceiling.

Death don’t take a vacation in this land.

I’m not sure how it turns out for the dead folk. But people who live through this terrible shit? We need a little rest & peace.

But peace & rest are as rare as honeybees these days.

Beekeepers Across The US Report Losses Of Up To 95%

“It may be that the honeybee has become the victim of insecticides that are meant for other pests,” One beekeeper suggests. “If we don’t figure this out real quick, it’s going to wipe out our food supply.”

“The squash crops that we grow have a male and female bloom, and the bee has to visit…to make it pollinate and produce,” An American commercial farmer agreed. “We’re going to have a hard time finding rental bees to aid in this pollination and if it’s as critical as it looks like it will be, I probably won’t even plant anything this spring.”
>>BBC 3.11.2007

Worse before it gets better? I hear it! Of the two possibilities — worse or better — Worse has all the momentum. It’s heretofore unimaginably bad. And coming to your town.

If we learn one thing from Virgina Tech here it is: Senseless slaughters have a Fat & Happy Future in America.

Unless it gets better.

But it must get worse before it gets better.

Know what? That’s about dumb as saying you need a pay cut before you can afford the rent.

Look: before it gets better it must simply get better. That’s the one possible way.

It can happen.

Underdogs win. The End Is Weird. And most days it seems like a miracle that we’ve not blown the world to chunks already.

10 Responses to “Before It Gets Better”

  1. 1 Sporz April 19, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Yes dude, it is fantastically fortunate that the chunks aren’t already flying at this rate. You know the Bee issue is being linked to the emissions from cell phones. They have found that the bees stop functioning correctly in the presence of cell phone emissions (waves). And the tutsi and Hutus hacking each other to bits would not have happened unless “whitey” hadn’t hand selected the folks with more “anglicized” features to work closer with them, and rejected the folks with broader noses and rounder heads, creating the cultural strife. Well, they are planning on patenting every life form on the planet, and, fuck if I know, I need to trade in my subaru for a VW diesel and get the fuckin vegetable oil conversion. I don’t like even living in arms reach of this fuckin nightmare. I live here because of my family, but, they seem to have hope for this society and feel they can “change it from the inside out” but I don’t have that undersanding. As I see it, the entire approach is doomed, and will simply eat it’s own tail until theres nothing left. They give us the illusion that we can make a diffrence by voting for a diffrent candidate, or get someone alse into congress, but it is all lies. It is like pissing into the ocean. So, yeah this is why maby the statement is true. It is like being in a runnaway car with no brakes. You have to crash the fucker into somthing and then get out.. So, yeah it has to get worse before it gets better. But then, on a personal level of course, it has to get better to get better (obviously if we were talking common sence). But because they have infililtrated thier crazyness on it, it is locked into having to get worse before it gets better.

  2. 2 Mike E April 19, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    speedWay Rules:

    1. No Bumper Cars.

    2. Sober Drivers Strictly Forbidden!!

    5. No Brakes

  3. 3 leightoncooke April 20, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Good post. The recent shootings in Virginia seem to be the symptom of a wider malaise. Yesterday evening a great philosopher and Spinozan said in Amsterdam that we should cultivate a good heart and look to the future. What more can we do?

  4. 6 galloway April 21, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Seems to me ‘it’ has to get better before ‘it’ gets worse. I mean, how bad does ‘it’ have to get before the tipping point, beyond which there’s no going back, where there is no ‘better’, only the slippery slope to destruction.

    Personally I think we’re half way down that slide already.

    As regards the shootings: I didn’t even bother to think about writing anything — it was just another American copy-cat cultural thing, expected once every once in a while…

    Really good post; pity about the Disneyland aftershocks.

  5. 7 citizen j April 26, 2007 at 3:22 am

    Who says it has to get better? As long as we operate on the level of the rest of the simians with an expanding hierachical consumption curve guiding our social and interspecific behaviors it will get worse at a geometric rate. Then it will hit a critical biometric point, a die-off will occure, and the surviving few (who will no doubt be the thugish type most likely to survive in times of violent competition) will begin to retame the globe. Again. The obvious fact that this is not the first time worldwide human civilization has occured is a big clue as to how this one will end.
    Maybe if we work for the better we can avoid it, but i don’t see anyone doing that (he typed, as he sat in his girl’s condo watching Letterman and eating pizza).

  6. 8 galloway April 26, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    …Actually there is a paragraph in Darwin — coded — that mentions Letterman and pizza…

  7. 9 pippi April 30, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Holy crap.

    Better? Better?
    I sure shittin hope it gets better.

    I love you Mike E!


  8. 10 citizen j May 25, 2007 at 10:45 am

    ‘K, i’ve been rescoping my “Origin of Species” for a month, and the only thing i came across was a “Top Ten Pizza Toppings Foraged by Short-Bill’d Finche” list. Send money, crib notes.

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