I tried to count

I tried one day to count all the energy expended, the sum of forces multiplied by the distance covered. And also all these useless things we do so diligently.

But I was told: “that’s how the system works”.

And I saw clearly that everyone: the happy, the discontented, the reasonable, the pragmatic, the well-off, the middle-class and often even the rebellious, they all love the system. As it was unanswerable, I didn’t count anything anymore.

In the meantime, the sea is rising.


(in The Guardian Weekly letters, 22 June 2012, see Sustainable syntax)
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