There are or may be many endings in a life: graduation from school, moving away from “home,” divorce, leaving a job, miscarriage, moving far away, buying a house, death of someone close to us, learning we have a terminal illness, starting a business, having a child, and so on. Every beginning means an ending, and vice versa. Each ending/beginning — each change – creates stress. Part of how to handle the stress is grieving what is ending. As proposed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the five stages of grief are denial/isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. We may bounce back and forth between the stages, but eventually it is hoped we can accept and move on to the new beginning.
These are personal issues. But the same holds true for global issues: Wars, famine, genocide, sexual violence, corporate autocracy, et cetera. We hold on to hope, writing letters, changing our lifestyle, teaching our children, talking with people, doing whatever we can to make a difference. Sometimes there are victories, and that encourages us to carry on. Sometimes it makes a difference to one person ( Starfish Story ), and that is something.
Over the past few years I’ve had conversations with various friends, most of them with degrees, and we’ve come to realize that there are some things about the global ecological crisis that can not be fixed in time. Such as global warming. Even if we instantly do everything “right,” the momentum will still carry us to change and problems. This is a difficult thing to grapple with.
Here is an article about how some people are dealing with this change. Am not saying it is the best way to face this change, but I do think it is important to face the issue rather than ignore it.