“We shall go warm.
We shall go on by the light of our hearts.
We shall burn mightily in the new year.
We shall go on together—
O you who stand alone on the rim of the earth and are cold,
I salute you here!”
From “Greeting” by May Sarton, New Year’s Eve, 1937
We’re caught in the grip of chaotic subjectivity, in which almost all humans are irrational, emotional. The Earth is patient in matters of evolution, but that might not matter to our species. So it goes.
And two years later, we learned that “the war to end war” didn’t.