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  •  We don't have to celebrate human extinction (1+ / 0-)
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    cskendrick

    George Carlin  pointed out that its not about saving the planet. If we continue with tar sands development, Appalachian mountain leveling, BP oil spills and other planetary rapes and disasters, the planet will survive just fine, but we won't.

    We should recognize that having globally known it was coming for a century and wasted every opportunity to take it seriously as a threat politically and in the media, and economically we indeed have it coming.

    We don't have to celebrate that but we should recognize its coming and its close now.

    Its annoying to observe that some people still have their fingers in their ears.

    Its also annoying that others are proposing alternative energy, recycling, LEED architecture, riding bicycles to work are sufficient to offset the carbon burning the Koch brothers bottom line corporate profits are committed to.

    We might refuse to go out without making some effort to save ourselves that goes to the core of the issue.

    We could wage war against this fate, accept that what's killing us is the comfort of our existing quality of life, but we don't want to go live lives that are short, brutish and nasty unless everybody else is willing to do that also, and consequently that won't happen until we let things get so bad there is no other option.

    We could quit our jobs, stop commuting to work, stop buying fast food hamburgers that we clear rainforests to make the grazing land for. Most of us would not.

    We could stop buying products with palm oil realizing  that there is palm oil in virtually all the packaged items on our "grossary" store shelves and rain forrests in Madagascar are being cleared to plant palm oil trees.

    Most of us would not do that either.

    We could recognize that even if we become aware and we stop buying things in stores and go live off the grid it does us no good to do that unless we take another 700 billion people with us, and the gyres of plastic that fill our oceans and gradually are killing off all the things that live in them.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Mon May 05, 2014 at 11:17:31 PM PDT

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    •  I do a lot of thinking about this too (1+ / 0-)
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      rktect

      Ultimately, I think the future - even the grim future- will have its bright spots.

      I think our civilization is dying and with it much of the biosphere but something, someone will survive.

      At the end of the day there is no one world, one Humanity - and ironically that might bail out the species, just not most of it.

      And probably not the part of it that currently runs the show or cleaves to its dominance.

      As for wars to stop ecological damage those might be coming, right after preemptive war to keep the greens from rising at all. (I think you said that too.)

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