to desire the replica

posted on: November 25th, 2010

So here’s the deal on the whole environment thing. I don’t think we really want to fix it. Honestly, I don’t. Our global actions certainly back my theory up.

We’re like those disaster shows. Remember the one about the comet coming and the government builds giant caves underground in the year before the impact to house a few million of the lucky ones? Even Hollywood recognizes we’d rather bury ourselves in the sand then actually do something before it’s too late and if Hollywood knows it then it must be true. We’ll continue to let shit slide until we’ve tipped the balance and there is no longer any possibility of fixing it and then we’ll jump into action. We’ll build caves or public transit into space or some other such ridiculousness.

Basically, I don’t think we’ll do anything until action is the only means left for survival. I think this means we lack forethought. Or we’re just plain stupid.

I’m kind of leaning towards stupid.

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Jeannie Says:

We are stupid. While we appreciate novelty if it’s amusing we intensely dislike change especially if we’ll be inconvenienced or it will cost us money. So we procrastinate.

Few of us see our personal impact as being all that severe. We do what we can if we have to and it’s not too hard. It will take a generation or so to see a big difference.

It’s on the teachers to train our children who will think in green terms all the time and consider anything else to be wrong. Just like my generation was trained not to litter and this is part of our landscape here now.

Dan Says:

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

But Nature has a way of balancing accounts:

We will get what we deserve, and deserve exactly what we get, no more, no less.

Julie Says:

Well, here in New York we basicaly have two seasons now: winter and summer. Spring and fall are distant memories. And I want to kill myself during the height of the two seasons we have left because they’ve gotten so much more extreme in recent years.

I blame global warming for this situation. We’re already screwed. It’s just so subtle that everyone thinks we still have time to fix it.

Happy holidays!

Phaedra Says:

I concur with Julie. And I would like to add the term stunned to go with stupid.

It’s shocking to me (although it shouldn’t be at this point) to realize that people don’t care because they think we’ll be able to come up with some new technology that will fix everything. I hope those people have something good in mind for raising crops should pollinators ever get wiped out because of our stupidity.

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