The Eighth Fathom – Chris Panatier

First Fathom, The Plunge In a past beyond the reach of time’s measure, we fell from the Galaxy Beam and into the waters of a primordial world. From the shattered wreckage of our Great Hull, we salvaged the ascension core and dove into the salted darkness. And within the abyssal contours of this alien planet, we made our home, awaiting the wobble of the zenith star that would presage the Beam’s return. Ook crept down …

A question for Chris Panatier

Q: Are you optimistic about the future of humanity?

A: Depends from whose perspective the question is asked, doesn’t it? From my perspective, no. And I’m an optimist. And while I have a generally positive attitude about humans, I do not hold out much hope for the species as a whole, if that makes sense. MLK said that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. We make strides here and there. Socially, moreso in the past fifteen years than the many years prior. This is a good thing. But not if we commit suicide via climate change. It’s already happening.

The problem, as far as I can see it, is the consolidation of power and control around the world in a handful of people who are not good; who for short term financial and political gain, unwind environmental protections, burn rain forests, dump poison and trash into the oceans and water table, and then deregulate the industries that pollute. Greed, and the fear of shrinking fortunes by those who have them, are perhaps the most potent driving forces behind the failure of humankind to do something about the crisis.

From the perspective of a future nature that doesn’t include humans, I’m very optimistic.


Chris Panatier’s story “The Eighth Fathom
in Metaphorosis Friday, 6 March 2020.
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About Chris Panatier

Chris lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, daughter, a herd of dogs, and possibly one goat. He also does album art for metal bands, and generally employs his borderline ADD to any number of projects at the same time. He is also a civil trial lawyer representing people who have been poisoned by negligent corporations.

www.chrispanatier.com, @chrisjpanatier


Chris Panatier’s story “The Eighth Fathom
in Metaphorosis Friday, 6 March 2020.
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