Letters Home XIII. Summer on this tiny speck.

“During our infinitesimally brief stay on our tiny speck of a planet, we fret and strut this way and that, and then are heard of no more.”

I just finished reading both “Sapiens: A brief history of humankind” and “Homo Deus” by the amazing Harari. Tapping into some subjects that I was already interested in, they have given me such a different perspective on who we are not as individuals but as a species and has made me question and put under the lens everything we assume is a truth. Nothing really is real, besides what exist in nature. We overuse the word natural so much, what does it actually mean? Natural is only that what exist in nature. For us human beings, natural are basically only our bodies, which can be analysed and explained by biology. All the rest are made up stories by us, sapiens. It’s culture. And when I say the rest, I mean literally everything else. This is great and scary at the same time and opens so many possibilities. All the possibilities can be done and can be ‘real’ as long as we have enough people that will stand behind it. Politics, nations, corporations, money, economy. We’ve created it, we’ve invented it. We became the rulers of this planet by destroying most of the other species and now threatening what is left of the environment. Who are we and why are we so sure that we are entitled to all of this at all costs?
Our past is dark and full of atrocities, our future is a question mark. And in the midst, here am I, with my ephemeral presence, typing away about how I feel and what I experience, uploading it all to the giant data flow.

Since the last time I wrote, quite some things happened both here & around the globe: same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia, our house contract just got renewed for another year in the burbs (the wild wild west), Trump is still president in the US of A, my A (other A) has embarked in several business ventures, I’m the proud owner of a small car (Yumi) and still strumming the uke whenever I can. I think that sums it up. Oh, and I’m blonde.

Summer is almost at its end in the Southern Hemisphere (although days like today – reading in my bikini in the backyard – wouldn’t give that away). We’ve spent our Christmas with A’s family in Perth, had my family over for a week afterwards and various visits from friends from Europe so we’ve kept busy. I’ve been living here for over 2 years now with 1 year working full time for the One. Thanks to some more stability we decided to book that long awaited Europe trip and will be gone for about 6 weeks dodging a bit of the Victorian winter chills. Scotland, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark to close it off with – back to where it all started.

There will be more to come but for now: miss you and see you soon.

M.

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