I wrote this particular post, just hours before the Blizzapocalypse hit the East Coast. Weeks later, a small storm has covered the area in about 1-3 inches of snow and freezing rain reminding me of this following unfinished editorial, which I’m sending to you all now.
The world is changing. I feel it in the water. I smell it in the air. I see it in the crowds outside the grocery stores.
I love the promise of change snow brings with it. Minute by minute, as each layer of ice and flake cake the ground, trees and roadways, snow promises to change the world. Tomorrow, we will have gone back in time, 65 million years into the past when man would hunt mammoths with long pointed sticks. No other season grants us this clean slate upon which we can rewrite the world. Even spring, with its promises of renewal, resuscitates the world of last year, of 2015. Moreover, the change is gradual: day by day we are given an extra bud, a new leaf or two, one or three extra berries on the vine. Winter is the contractor with no budget: “Give us twelve hours and we’ll remodel your entire landscape.”
The goal and curse of science etches itself in the belief that the universe follows a constant and unerring pattern. That with inquiry, experimentation and discovery we may predict the outcome to any phenomenon. To, in short, map the whole of time and space to one solitary pattern and drive chaos from their borders. This desire grants us control through the sacrifice of spontaneity. Imagine if you could predict the most minute cellular spasm or broadcast the results of every war, election, and Oscar race. You would have power, knowledge, and control . . . And it would be boring as hell.
Winter reminds me to embrace the chaos of change and to wonder at the unexpected. Like seasoned salt on the surface of a bland meal, this incoming blizzard promises to season the next few days with a healthy mix of excitement and beauty. Tomorrow outside the world will be a new place: white, silent and sparkling, ready to be either shaped into snowmen or crushed into snow angels. Long live the unexpected joys.