Morning over the Alps. Around flight level 200. That’s not too high, maybe around 6 kilometers. A breathtaking view. Huge cumuli colored in all kinds of blinding whites down to tones of almost black grey. It is fantastic. It is an epiphany. What a wondrous thing this is. And on top I have the afterburner full throttle up: Kvelertak on the headphones pumping additional adrenalin in my system. I barely can keep still in my seat.
Then Mont Blanc comes into view. The mountain is not visible itself being covered by nebulae of ice in thin air. But right down underneath I look into the great glaciers to the northeast of the Whitehead. The Glacier du Géant, the Glacier du Leschaux, both flowing ever so tremendously slow into the Mer de Glace. The Mer de Glace…
I look it up now, the names of the places. What a bitter irony. When I look down into the Mer de Glace I see what is left of that frozen ocean. As I can see now on the map the tongue of the Mer barely reaches the level of 2000 meters but one can see in the surrounding rock formations, in its colors, how majestic that Mer must have been not so long ago. Es ist ein Meer von Steinen nun.
That is just an observation. I do not even think something like climate change or so. Nothing. I am just looking down. Coming from that revelation about what air, water, sunlight and my cognition create and just being there something hits me. A slight sick feeling. A sudden sensation of a creeping weakness. The manifest of despair.
Only a few miles on to the north another formation comes into sight. It must be the mountain ridge around the Tête à l’Âne. Suddenly there are the structures of immense layers of solidified magma. Suddenly the geological timescale locks in place. Suddenly I must laugh. Hell! It will be good. Nothing remains. What we do is nothing.
Eventually, while writing, another thought: What we do now is not nothing. What most of us do now is living an horrific nightmare. The sheer number of creatures being tormented by our evolution is beyond everything what can be said about it. Never before in times of life on this planet such numbers of singular creatures have been living deprived of every basic right creatures inherit just by living.