The Mayor’s Luck (A Climate Tale)

Once, a town stricken by drought innovated an irrigation marvel, turning barren fields lush. “We’ve bested nature,” they declared, but their mayor, mindful of nature’s caprice, said, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

Soon, the rains came, not as a trickle but as a torrent, submerging hopes under merciless floods.
The town’s pride washed away, and the mayor mused, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

From the deluge emerged a stronger town, with fortified defenses against nature’s whims.
As others floundered, they flourished, a haven in chaos. Yet the mayor pondered the cost of isolation, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

Refugees from ravaged lands sought solace in the town, their arrival straining resources thin.
With scarcity came discord, challenging the town’s unity.
Amidst the turmoil, the mayor remained stoic, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

In the end, the town extended support to those beyond its borders, sharing their innovations, easing the strain on resources. Tensions eased into partnerships, but the mayor, now facing political strife, knew the balance was delicate, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”


The town’s tale underscores the dance of fortune in the face of climate change, where each advance and setback is a step toward learning. The mayor’s steadied gaze teaches us that in the web of climate challenges, resilience is not just in walls or wells, but in the shared pulse of community, and a vision that sees beyond the horizon.

It’s following Taoist Story: The Farmer’s Luck, which tends to emphasize about living in the present moment. The goal of my twist is to recognize that to think and solve for climate, requires us to think in systems, and how they blend, cascade and ripple into one another.

Climate is a systems problem and to say ‘climate problems’ don’t affect me is a shortsighted view of the fundamental risks we face by not acting to solve at the urgency we need to.

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