Friday, April 21, 2006
Air Pollution Tug-of-War
It's not that. You are doing what you can, as wise as you are. It's just that ignorance can kill civilizations and not just individuals. If you have information that what you are doing is going to ultimately be detrimental to you, you will take measures to minimize the damage or prevent the damage from happening. Faulty intelligence leads to decisions being made for the wrong reasons by those in charge (bad lab tests with medical doctors or poor CIA WMD briefings with the President). The Earth is strewn with the remains of civilizations that killed themselves because they didn't manage their resources or environment wisely. The leaders were powerless to reverse the damage their people's practices were doing to the environment because they didn't know what was happening and why. We have the tools and knowledge to stop the damage and prevent disaster, if our leaders act on this knowledge and use it wisely. It's not meant to be alarmist, just to inform and make people question conventional wisdom and hold their elected officials accountable. Elected officials only think 2-4 years ahead out of personal interest, but climate issues mean that we have to think 20-50 years ahead for the good of all.
Of course, one can look at it from another perspective and decide that we should do what we are doing which is ignoring the problem. The intense suffering generated will force people to either become savages fighting for survival or become Enlightened. You could tell your grandchildren you did everything you could to minimize your damage to the environment and have a clear conscience, but what about our elected leaders who ignore the evidence? What do they tell us when we question them about what they are doing about manmade climate change? How can they look you or me, or even their own grandkids, in the eye and say, "I was told that it wasn't a problem during my term of office".
I do fantasize occasionally about designing a green house, living off-grid, and not participating in society at all.
Everyone wants the freedom and wisdom and prosperity to do whatever they "think" is the "right" thing, live the "right" lifestyle, and die the perfect death. No one wants a lingering death, yet death never lingers. Death isn't a bad thing. Without death, nothing could change or evolve. Yet, I too, am a wimp. I don't wish to suffer a protracted, lingering illness before I expire.
My perfect home costs too much to make because the technology to make it Earth friendly probably isn't cheap. On the other hand, I'll be gone in 30 years or so, and anything I leave behind will be forgotten or will decay eventually. The works of Man never last and Man's worries are usually for nothing. Nothing our civilization has built will last for 2000 years except for the probes in space and the stuff we've left on the Moon. Nothing on Mars or Titan will last forever.
All that is beside the point. All you can do is do the best you can Now, Julie. ;-)
All you can do is do the best you can Now, Julie. ;-)
You're right, John.
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