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    Superman mythos tells of a doomed planet whose inhabitants will not accept the facts and prepare to evacuate. The rulers of the planet will not allow discussion of the facts. It is left to one scientist and his wife to find a personal solution by constructing a small spacecraft to safe their child.

    This scenario has played out many times. People in Nazi Germany and throughout Europe didn't foresee the coming destruction. Only a few fled or were allowed to flee.

    We insist on building along coastlines that historically experience catastrophic storms, or on hillside that experience mudslides.

    We've polluted our environment until our rivers have caught fire and our health has been damaged, often fatally by poisons buried in the earth or leached into groundwater.

    The more I think about it, the more I see the story of Krypton as a template for human behavior. We ignore our peril until it's too late.

    Our leaders imagine that they will be able to buy their way out. That is likely how so many civilizations before us fell and disappeared from human memory. Everything old is new again.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 06:27:23 AM PDT

    •  holy cow.... (5+ / 0-)

      Origins of Superman:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/...

      I'd have to say that the people who created the Superman series and the whole cultural mythos around it, tapped into a deeply-held human archetype:  Doomed parents manage to save their children by sending them to safety.  The children grow up to be special in some unique way.

      I wouldn't conclude that the Superman myth is the source of the present attitude about climate change or other crises.  In fact we are creating a planet into which no sane person would launch their kid if they could fully grasp what's happening.  

      But the element of collective disaster and personal escape is certainly present in the culture.  There is a strong cultural myth-complex to that effect.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 07:12:35 AM PDT

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      •  I should have said "archtype" but (6+ / 0-)

        words fail my 60-year-old brain from time to time. It just seems that we keep making the same mistake over and over again. Like teens we take insane risks with little regard for the dangers. And we call ourselves an intelligent species!

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 07:55:00 AM PDT

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      •  No, but it was a beautiful myth (2+ / 0-)
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        for its time and continues to be powerful. Anyone have a count of SciFi books which postulate a starship sent into the void when Earth's destruction seemed assured? Unfortunately, we already don't have the resources to launch such a ship, having already consumed them.

        People wish to be settled, only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. - Emerson

        by CarbonFiberBoy on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 10:02:03 AM PDT

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        •  I'm not advocating for space travel (1+ / 0-)
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          as a solution to global warming/climate change. In fact I think it's a terrible distraction.

          I mentioned the Superman mythos because, in the case of Krypton, their advanced society could have done it to escape an exploding sun which was their only choice.

          Our sun is not exploding. We are adversely affecting an ecosystem which makes life possible for us and for millions, if not billions of other species. In our case, we need to concentrate on what is going on here on Earth. Space travel is a distraction that cannot save us and many other of Earth's inhabitants. It elevates technology to a deus ex machina which will somehow help us adapt to a catastrophic situation.

          Indeed the idea that mankind can adapt to the coming climate change is a theme touted on PBS's NOVA which is sponsored by David H. Koch. If people allow themselves to be lulled by this idea, then mankind truly is doomed.

          "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

          by Lily O Lady on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 02:09:00 PM PDT

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