A Sprained Ankle of a Deal

After going into extra time, COP26 has produced a result. A result that has been cast as great or terrible by different sources. I’m still pondering the nuances but my immediate impression is that it’s as good as falling from a second-storey window and spraining one’s ankle.

Imagine falling from the window, that hollow sensation of falling, the moment of joy that landing has ended the falling, then the stabbing pain of a sprained ankle. Is your immediate reaction that it’s great you sprained your ankle?

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Now imagine falling from the window, that hollow sensation of falling, the moment of joy that landing has ended the falling, then the awareness that there wasn’t the sickening crunch of a broken bone. Is your immediate reaction that it’s great you didn’t break your ankle?

That’s how the result seems to me at the moment: not great because great would be more; not terrible because terrible would be less.

A could-have-been-worse outcome, limping toward a better world.

Limping when we need to be striding.

One thought on “A Sprained Ankle of a Deal

  1. Words. Words. Words.
    The worst of it is baked in, hot and bubbly. The pasty has been in the big brick oven for decades now, all that’s missing is a nice glaze. I’m betting on a nice AMOC failure. Or a wondrous methane clathrate release and ignited conflagration that toasts the top of Siberia.

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