How a Bad Think-Thing Destroyed the World
A short story by Vic Grout
Download as a PDF: https://vicgrout.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/eric-1.pdf
On the planet ‘Arth’ (which, if it helps, you can think of as being like Earth but without the ‘E’), things were going pretty smoothly. Arth society was organised roughly into three groups of people: doers, thinkers, and leaders. There was no great difference in status or esteem among the three groups but there were a good many more doers than thinkers and a lot more of both than leaders.
So, yes, most people were doers: they did things. They found raw materials and turned them into what people needed; they made clothes, built shelter, grew food; they moved it all to where it had to go; they repaired and cleaned. They cared and treated mind and body; kept people safe; raised families; looked after the young, the old and the ill; they taught new generations. There were also doers that entertained; made nice things to look at, told stories, played music or sport. All of these doers together made Arth a comfortable and happy place to live.
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I was pleased to be asked to be a member of the Llangollen Fringe 2020 Climate Summit panel this month
You can see the recorded video here:
(It doesn’t really get going until about 11 minutes in!)
The full ‘line-up’ was:
- Documentary Filmmaker, Bruce Parry: best known for his BBC series Tribe which saw him living with indigenous peoples around the world, and thereafter his work focusing on globalisation and climate change. More recently Bruce switched from television to the big screen with his directorial debut, ’Tawai, a voice from the forest’ – his attempt to dive deeper into the heart of what he had learned on his many years travelling the world. Bruce screened this film at the Llangollen Fringe Festival 2019.
- Deputy Welsh Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn MS
- Kate Hamilton, Director of Renew Wales
- Jessica Lloyd-Jones, Local Visual Artist
It was pleasure to be part of the discussion with such a distinguished group!
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