Wednesday, March 25, 2009

In case you think I'm a pessimist

Scientists: We're fucking doomed.

Idiot op-ed writer in the Star: But windmills are ugly, and I like my big house in the country!

You either grok in your bones that we're in survival mode, or you don't. 75% of people, minimum, just don't. So long as they think we're still in debate, our fates are still grim.

If I make it to the current average lifespan, I expect to see a very, very grim part of human history.


Chet Scoville said...

Bonus points for use of the word "grok."

Jesse said...

99% of people don't know in their bones that, in your words, we're in survival mode. Maybe 99.5%.

Plenty of people "know" that things are bad, but they don't do anything substantive about it. Hell, I include myself in that most days. I've got the affluent American lifestyle.

Unfortunately, there's a big difference between knowing that something has to be done and actually doing it (or even knowing what to do).

That scientist might have a point.

Declan said...

I see Jesse beat me to it, I was going to suggest 97%, but he's probably closer to the mark.

Some days I actually find the disconnect between what seems to be coming and people's awareness a little awe-inspiring, like being stuck on Easter Island as they build the final few stone heads...

Anonymous said...

How pessimistic can you be if you are still surfing the internet and typing on your energy sucking computer right now? Just a thought.

john said...

Ah yes, the most original fucking argument in the universe. Well done.