close to midnight twenty two degrees roof open we roll down the windows roll down the strip cruise control on twenty mph can't find the music shuffling through the dock warehouses, flood lights, cctv cobbled streets, Trafalgar Square depeche mode an abandoned town film set a lone riotous pub on the quay we roll on laughing not street racing from the lights we're up to sixty, plus we head West by North-west sea-salt thickening our hair fair skin pinked all the youth we lived apart in an evening
available hours multiplied by age equals day's velocity
n.b. This is the formula that tells you what speed you are travelling through the Fourth Dimension.
24 hours x 60 years of age = 1,440lds (Life Day Speed)
24 hours x 13 years of age = 312 lds
Marginal increases in lds are hard to notice year to year, but somewhere in life that awareness of a day’s velocity becomes acute (and a little scary).
Which may explain why thirteen year olds often say “I’m bored.” “Bothered.”, “Whatever.” and ask “What’s the point?”Some of them are not moving quite fast enough yet, so have not a fully developed sense of Life Day Speed.
how much of these reels remain stretched so long in our wake we lose the golden threads in twilight catching only rare glints snagged by sunset strung over hills hazed by evening mist that fogs the vales we negotiated through ill-lit phases of many moons when we lay awake each hearing lone minutes unspool
we cannot prevent this cord running out but have we enough in hand to interweave these unspent lines and create our finest tapestry
n.b. Population growth and over population is a topic of current concern as a levelling off in the global number of homo sapiens is now predicted over the next generation or so.
Japan’s current government is considering funding IVF treatment for it’s young couples who may be struggling to conceive. The current birth rate in Japan is around 1.36 which is well below the replacement rate.
Where will they get the young people from to care for an ageing population? 25% of Japan’s population is aged over 65 years.
The fall in birth rate has been attributed in part by the Deputy Prime Minister to women choosing not to have children. He has been castigated for his simplistic and one-eyed male opinion on the data.
Perhaps women have paths to fulfilment other than producing Salarymen? Perhaps they have become Salarywomen (which is tellingly identified by this software as a spelling error)? Perhaps the way of the modern world is not an attractive prospect enough to carry a man’s seed before delivering babies to a climate disrupted, polluted, exploitative planet? Maybe Japanese couples have decided the time has come for the human species to move on and leave the planet to life better adapted to an aquatic environment?
In the short term immigration can solve the problem for ageing populations. Germany, Italy, France, CH and the UK (amongst other wealthier nations) face similar questions around population. Is it a problem?
We are discovering, as we peel off the layers, that money isn’t everything.
n.b. Whatever it was is not so important, but not being able to recall it creates a new reality; the understanding that time has been stretched so thin that gaps are appearing in its fabric. Like a fleece that has been stretched too far, holes are created that themselves will become forgotten when the yarn is spun.