I divide skeptics into two types, the Aristotelians and the Pragmatists. The Aristotelians think in absolute terms– to them a thing either exists or does not exist. The Pragmatists would say the thing probably does or does not exist on the basis of available evidence.
Spirituality: a dualist’s word for the gestalt, that sense of the whole or being aware of the immensity of this universe (probably a sense we acquired long before we became articulate and thus able to distract ourselves from raw reality.)
Naomi Klein and Climate Moaning.
Right now there are over 400 million cars pouring out toxic fumes in America alone every day. Are we willing to stop? Evidence so far says we won’t. Trouble is that while we are all concerned about climate warning we insist it is someone else’s problem.
But who and how? Well, governments could put a surcharge on gas to make us use much less. But we would vote them out fast and quick. Even when carbon warming was supported by one party, the conservatives laughed it down , pointing out it would raise the price of gas and we voted it down. In fact every time the oil company’s raise their price, both politicians and we, the public raise hell, though any increase would make us less wiling to drive. And a surcharge on gas would help but what politician would dare try that?—or ration it, which proved so successful in England during the war—that would encourage us to use a bike or public transportation out of necessity. Many blame the oil companies but they would go broke if we were not waiting impatiently at the pump for our fix. Fact is we do not intend to give up the good life and any politician that really tries to take drastic cuts would be out of a job fast
i am slowly coming to the conclusion that we are going to do what so many species before us have done–take a walk. We have managed to put off our demise by manipulating our environment for some time so nothing to be ashamed of. One thing–we were not destroyed by some natural disaster like the dinosaurs, we engineered our on demise. That’s got to be worth something.
P.S( and if monkeys should survive, they’ll probably build a headstone in honour of us, saying ,say, :”herein lies the remains of the human species, stupid, stupid stupid, stupid’)