The title/refrain and lyrics of the R.E.M 1998 pop tune seem particularly prescient today. But do you feel fine? It’s beginning to feel as if we’re swirling into a Hitchcockian vortex of global events and picking up speed. Even the song’s frenetic pace resonates with how we’re experiencing these cataclysmic daily events.
So much of our world is exploding or imploding: coal mines, volcanoes, oil rigs, the stock market, oil tankers, earthquakes, meteorites, floods, dams, riots in Greece, war ravaged villages in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and car bombs in Iraq.
Considering all this disaster, I’m grateful that at least one explosion was thwarted in Times Square last week. But the incident reminded us of this daily threat, which had an explosive effect on our collective fear.
“It’s the end of the world as we know it…,” but we still have to keep working to heal and protect it. We have no choice. Our lives depend on this planet and on each other. As Mahatma Ghandi advised,
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”