Saturday, March 14, 2015

Change My Your Our Wisdom

California has one year of water left

The old saying that you can never step into the same river twice is about change and transience, but I guess that its message is undercut by the observation that you actually can when the river is dry. Moreover, in the long run, on a wider view beyond our narrow minute-by-minute, day-by-day, month-by-month tunnel visions, more along the lines of hundreds of thousands of years, which is not long really by any planetary or cosmic standards at all, they all run dry, every last one.

You can't step into the same wet river twice, is more like it. The dry ones, though, which is what they all become, eventually, step into them as often as you like, they are close enough to "same" to qualify, lacking that constant, altering wash that drives the point home of the saying.

"My Your Our Water" by Erin V. Sostak, Scottsdale Waterfront (art that floats) (..and an OSG contribution to the blog)

I set my sights for my Saturday spin-out ride on the TAKE ONE PARTICIPATE box I had spied on a previous ride when it was surrounded by people participants. Today was much quieter, and turned out that the box contained...

The TAKE ONE box. I love those.
Cyclist participation

Spoke cards! But it turns out I am not adept at inserting them securely.

Canal path card

I (randomly) learned that "sophia" is Greek for wisdom last night. After reading the LA Times article about California running out of water in a year, I was thinking about change, wisdom, water, and dry rivers, thinking aqua sophia, aqua regia, then realizing aqua is Latin so it would be like aqua prudentia, but that's wise water I suppose and what is required here is wisdom about water, about using it, consuming it, sharing it, not running out of it. 

Water wisdom. Which we apparently lack, as illustrated by the observation in the linked opinion piece:

Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain.

Out for ourselves, each for his or her self, we will certainly run out. California perhaps first, and logically anyway Arizona, here in the desert, following afterwards, some time, anyway. It is one of the theories about why earlier peoples who lived here thinned out and moved on. On the long time scale, change in this place means dryness, not flowing water changing a river moment by moment, but rather the long, dry, dusty gulch baking in the sun beneath a crystal clear blue sky.

The foolish will stare at the parched, cracked ground and wonder why. Sophia, come to this desert, we need you.



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