Re: [energyresources] Spreading the horror
- I can appreciate guy McPherson's view as I have had a similar one for years. I have often considered how I can get family and friends to understand what is really happening in the operation of our civilization rather than the common anthropocentric hallucination. I am now enecouraging my grandchildren to think in terms of two worlds: Myopia and Real.
Myopia is the world in which people have a biased view of what is happening so they make decisions about using natural resources and the eco systems for their benefit. It is a world in which money exerts a profound influence even though it does not represent true vale.
The Real world is what is actually tangibly happening. It is natural resources irrevocably running out. It is the irreversibly changing climate. It is the acidification of the oceans. It is the soil nutrients being flushed down into the oceans. It is the waste materials from the operation of civilization that are devastating the environment. It is the pollution of land, sea, air and organisms, including people, by the effluents from industrial operations. It is the irrevocable aging of the infrastructure, including the cities.
Doubtless the decision making process of Myopia will continue to control operations even as economies transition to contraction because Real effects are starting to hit the hip pocket. However, those smart people who understand the role of Real will be able to make decisions to ease the inevitable powering down of Myopia.
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Subject: [energyresources] Spreading the horror
Guy McPherson is professr emeritus at the University of Arizona, where he taught and conducted research for 20 years. He's written well over 100 articles, ten books, the most recent of which is Walking Away From Empire,and has focused for many years on conservation of biological diversity. He lives in an off-grid, straw-bale house where he practices durable living via organic gardening, raising small animals for eggs and milk, and
working with members of his rural community. Learn more at guymcpherson.com or email Guy at grm@...
Spreading the horror
by Guy McPherson
Sun, Feb 24, 2013
I'm pretty sure you know the drill. You pose the scenario and ask the
hypothetical questions:/There's an asteroid headed for Earth. We know
exactly when it will strike, and it will kill all humans. Do you want to
know it will strike? Do you want to know when?/
I know of no poll results, but I've asked the question a few times. Some
people want to know everything. Others don't want to know anything.
People who want to know when the asteroid will strike cannot fathom that
people don't want to know. People who don't want to know the asteroid is
headed our way cannot fathom why anybody would want to know. Obviously,
I'm in the former camp, spreading the news like Nutella on a croissant
as if people not only care about knowledge, but want to lap it up.
In fact, it's inconceivable to me that people don't want to know. I want
to stare, unblinking, when the asteroid strikes. I want to peer into the
abyss of my mortality, eyes wide open, knowing the exact moment I will
depart this mortal coil. Not in the name of courage, but curiosity.
I have an idea. I could use the scenario and attendant hypothetical
questions to introduce future presentations. (As an aside, the potential
for speaking tours comes up quite frequently for me. Then, as
prospective hosts fully understand the messages I'll be transmitting,
they fade away, often with no explanation and no response to my repeated
messages. If you're interested in jumping over the incredibly low bar
necessary to host me,click this link for information
Back to the point: If I used the hypothetical questions in my
introduction, it would allow participants an opportunity to leave the
premises before they hear the worst of it. They'd be out a few minutes
of time, but they'd save some time and they'd depart relatively free of
angst. Ignorance is bliss,especially with respect to challenging social
and who am I to rob people of their bliss?
Like the ninth person to arrive at a party for eight, I missed "fitting
in" only by a smidgen. If I'm angry because I'm late to the party, you
get to bear the brunt of my anger by reading about it here. My only
defense is the line that's become a bumper-sticker cliche: If you're not
outraged, you're not paying attention.
For me, not knowing is unbearable. But knowing is a great burden, too.
And while I'm expecting an asteroid oddly shaped like climate chaos,
we'll probably get hit by a meteor.
If I did not know about thehorrors of empire
http://guymcpherson.com/2012/10/only-love-remains/>, I would still be
teaching at a university. I would still be drawing a large paycheck
doing the work I love and interacting with idealistic young people. I
would have the respect and admiration of civilized people, including the
members of my immediate family.
If I did not know about thehorrors of climate change
would be content with my path in life. I would be living large, sleeping
well, and enjoying the contentment of a life well lived. Rarely would I
attract animus from across the sociopolitical spectrum. Angst would lie
in abeyance, along with threats on my life.
What a boring existence that would be. For better and worse, I'm stuck
with the current adventure: the adventure of a lifetime until the
adventure ends, along with the life.
There are no second chances, no opportunities to undo what's been done.
At the level of individuals, we refer to poor choices as stupidity (when
others are making the choices) or tragedy (when it's us). At the level
of our ill-fated species, we refer to the myriad poor choices as
progress. As nearly as I can distinguish, when faced with the proverbial
fork in the road, we've taken the wrong turn at each and every
opportunity. There are no second chances for our species, no
opportunities to undo what's been done. And yet we keep plugging along,
claiming we're sapient progressives. A few among us claim to be
conservatives, but we're conserving only this omnicidal way of life.
Until we can't.
We've committed suicide at the level of our entire species, and too many
other species to correctly tally. All that's left is more excuses in an
endless string of excuses from the architects and marketers of
industrial civilization. I won't hold my breath for their long-overdue
VIDEO URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Yq1qMRmimiQ
I'm not suggesting all theblissignorance is inexplicable. The corporate
governments of the world have been following the playbook of William
Casey, U.S. Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, since long
before he uttered these words in 1981: "We'll know our disinformation
program is complete when everything the American public believes is
false." It's working great, as indicated by theone-third of Americans
who would accept cavity searches in exchange for the privilege of flying
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33022.htm>, among many
other such anecdotes.
An empire in decline requires obedience at home, and it helps if the
populace remains purposefully ignorant. At a weekly White House meeting
dubbed "Terror Tuesdays," thedrone-bomber-in-chief
who will die without a whiff of due process, transparency, or oversight
(and he has plenty ofvideo-game operators forgoing their consciences to
pull the trigger
In the video clipembedded in this article
Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims she
has never heard of Obama's infamous "kill list," thus branding herself
anational-level politicianliar or stunningly ignorant (if she's lying,
she hasplenty of company in the Obama administration
Obama has given himself power overall communication systems in the
and he can wiretap, indefinitely detain, and kill any of us on a whim,
thereby indicating how meaningless is the Bill of Rights. In addition,
he's constantly seeking more power (includingpre-emptive
in case he believes you're thinking about committing a crime). Obama's
brand of evil,which includes dictatorial assassinations
Constitution and theBill of Rights
is exceeded only by the audacity and willful ignorance of his supporters.
My monthly essay for/Transition Voice/is scheduled to appear tomorrow.
Look for ithere http://transitionvoice.com/>.
My latest cyber-conversation with Sherry Ackerman was posted
at/Transition Voice/last week. It'shere
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McPherson ("Walking Away From Empire"), Bill Moyer (Backbone Campaign),
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wholeheartedly involved in making another world possible. To pitch in,
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