Monday, April 21, 2014

It's not the end of the world

we can live beside the ocean
linger far behind
swim out past the breaker
watch the world die
  -Everclear (Santa Monica)


    Things must be looking pretty bad if a "doomer" like Kingsnorth gets a spot in the NYT Sunday mag!    

            The sad fact is that we are going past 2 degrees.  (In about 20 years, according to Dr hockey stiock - Michael Mann)  We missed the boat on that.   So, we need to deal with it.  The future isn't what we'd hoped for.  Its going to be a mess.  Its not the end of the world, though.

      Perhaps "giving up hope" is a step toward dealing with reality

Here's another take:

Clive Hamilton in his “Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change” describes a dark relief that comes from accepting that “catastrophic climate change is virtually certain.” This obliteration of “false hopes,” he says, requires an intellectual knowledge and an emotional knowledge. The first is attainable. The second, because it means that those we love, including our children, are almost certainly doomed to insecurity, misery and suffering within a few decades, if not a few years, is much harder to acquire. To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truth—intellectually and emotionally—and continue to resist the forces that are destroying us.


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