Ice Cream and Existential Threats
The choice between Chunky Monkey or a monkey's fallacy of quick evolution.
How about this heatwave, huh? My wife isn’t a fan of it.
The heat must be getting to me as well.
This week’s cartoon has a pretty dark subtext on Humanity’s inaction to properly acknowledge and change the disastrous course it is on.
I’ve often wondered if Humanity has a major flaw built into our collective psyche. It seems like a kind of suicidal hubris and self-confidence that blinds us to long term problems.
We see the danger ahead yet not enough of us take action to avoid it.
If you look at humanity’s history, it’s littered with collapsed civilizations and empires. If they had just taken a wider view of things they might not have ended so terribly.
The Mayans failed to recognize and account for environmental change after a major drought. This led to famine, disease and war.
The same happened with the Anasazi, The Cahokia, and most infamously those who lived on Eastern Island.
At some point, an islander must have said “Hey, If we cut down all the trees to move these mostly useless statues, you think we’ll have a problem?”
Then again, those who usually piped up in these instances were probably killed.
That seems to be another big problem with Humanity.
It doesn’t tolerate whistle-blowers very well.
Especially when one is countering any religious dogma that foolishly spreads the idea of man’s dominance over nature, or other nations, or other races.
That never goes well at first. Just ask anyone in the seventeenth century who said slavery and colonialism was a bad idea. Witch graveyards are littered with their ashes.
But in order to advance as a species there has to be those brave souls who first step up and make that commitment to point out the fallacies of our thinking.
Eventually enough people come around to that truthful side of the argument. After which, change for the better comes quickly.
The key is to make sure the change outpaces the disaster.
This is currently where we all stand.
You gotta have hope no matter how drastic the times.
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