I’m not a cynic or a fatalist, I am a realist. There’s no evidence whatsoever that climate change can be reversed at this point. Exponential increase is what defines this process and the clock can’t be turned back. However, global realization of the interconnectedness of all matter is also growing exponentially, and that is changing the whole game. Our governments will not save us, but maybe we will save us. “Save”, as in, adapt to the new realities of existenceâ€”not as in, return to some Eden from back in the day.
I’m not a political science geek but as far as i can tell all governments, whether they are populist or democratically elected or military dictatorships, act in the interest of their most powerful backers and supporters. Most people in the world are in the strong grip of delusion/denial, and it is the corporate matrix which we have so cleverly created whichÂ ultimately manipulates most of our actions. OK sure, Americans (for example) will vote for Obamaâ€”who i think is very courageous and intelligent manâ€”but will they vote for him again four years later when they still don’t have a job, because there are no new factories in America, and gas prices have risen due to, um, peak oil? And are they able to wrap their heads around the concept that they could get rid of the car and live much simpler and better lives? Some, yes. Many, no. It’s not because we are bad. It is because we are living organisms, and that is how living organisms generally behave: motivated first and foremost by desire for comfort and aversion to pain.
I’m getting really sick of hearing people shit on the human race. Humans are no more greedy or evil than any other civilization or species that has existed on this planet. Our tendency is to consume and breed until we reach carrying capacity and mass die-off, and then to start again. That is the cycle of survival. But no matter that we act like the animalsÂ we are, we need to stand by our species now.
And amazingly, there continue to be more andÂ more humans who are bucking the ancient historical trend. There are many who will persist in doing everything we can to live in integrity, to be able to face our hypothetical grandchildren, no matter how inconvenient our current actions may be. You won’t see dogs or locusts doing that. Why act counter-biologically? For one thing, I find that beyond the feeling of moral righteousness, it is just way more fun to do something than to do nothing. And, the Doing Something camp is where all the sexiest and most interesting people are hanging out.
And so on we go, writing and protesting, planting gardens and changing lightbulbs, and supporting leaders who demonstrate real courage. Speaking our truth. Why not? After all, we have managed to develop these great big frontal lobes and who knows, this time around we might be able to override the hardwired animal response. It could happen. The odds of a fish crawling out of the ocean in the first place were pretty slim too.