Ana posted a cool song with accompanying video, which prompted me to seek out more of The Knife. I watched a few, but when I hit this one above, “Pass This On,” I was floored. This is just about one of the best videos I’ve ever seen on YouTube, and I’ve seen a lot of videos. Two seconds shy of four minutes isn’t enough. Really. It’s gorgeous.
This video is the kind of moment that makes even pessimistic-me think Stephen Hawking needs more glimmers of hope in between his days when he claims in “Life in the Universe“, “… The time scale for evolution, in the external transmission period, is the time scale for accumulation of information. This used to be hundreds, or even thousands, of years. But now this time scale has shrunk to about 50 years, or less. On the other hand, the brains with which we process this information have evolved only on the Darwinian time scale, of hundreds of thousands of years. This is beginning to cause problems …
We certainly can not continue, for long, with the exponential rate of growth of knowledge that we have had in the last three hundred years. An even greater limitation and danger for future generations, is that we still have the instincts, and in particular, the aggressive impulses, that we had in cave man days. Aggression, in the form of subjugating or killing other men, and taking their women and food, has had definite survival advantage, up to the present time. But now it could destroy the entire human race, and much of the rest of life on Earth. A nuclear war, is still the most immediate danger, but there are others, such as the release of a genetically engineered virus. Or the green house effect becoming unstable.”
Something about the people in that room above counteracts this certainty of our aggression, at least, for some … Here’s another version if you can’t get enough, though it doesn’t top the posted one.
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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.