- Politics and Social Issues
Global Warming: a Booster for Alarmists' Careers
Those Macabre Story Tellers
In every aspect of life, whether private, social, or global, there are always enough alarmists to irritate those poor folks who are easy to scare or to piss-off. Technically, they are individuals with a hyperactive fight/flight survival mechanism, and as such an ideal breed for spreading a garden variety of doomsday myths by one or another kind of profiteers.
We don't even have to go into a topic of a global significance to recognize this unholy marriage of alarmists and their gullible customers. For example, take the field of nutrition. How important is it to our survival? It's crucial, right?
And yet, those "top scientists" of equal credentials, facing exactly the same lab evidence can't make up their minds over what is the right kind, amount, and combination of nutrients for our optimal wellbeing.
Think about it. If they can't agree over such an important aspect of our survival, why should we expect them to agree over something that only in a long run could, or could not make our precious asses go extinct from this planet? Why should we ever believe them when they can't come up with a unanimous decision over any issue?
Namely, since there is no one of the highest and undisputable authority to take the role of a referee in this crazy battle of academic outsmarting, everything drops on a level of an intellectual preference---with the truth remaining up for grabs.
And, it wouldn't even bother the populace if it was one of those quiet academic theorizing bouts, but they want an audience of the global proportion, they want the legislators to join their camps. In the tradition of political careerists, they want to include us to cheer and to condemn, and so fight for their academic prominence.
Global warming is just another in the series of boogie-men, after the breakfast of eggs and bacon---which got debunked later on by the same Grand Poobahs of Nutrition; after weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; after too many of them to mention here.
When Even Cows Share the Blame
When humans are not sure about something, they resort to beliefs, because believing feels like the closest surrogate to knowing. Unfortunately, believing also generates a lot of emotionally charged material, as it is the case in politics and religion.
And, when you look closely at every big belief ever created, you can't but notice that it was targeting people's existential fear. Propagators of Republican or Democratic party, or of any religious denomination always push a story of a possible doom---"if we don't accept their teaching and agenda".
So it is with the pushers of the global warming theory---and I hope people have reserved enough objectivity in their thinking to accept how all that is still merely a theory. A theory with "evidence" which only states the fact about the variable nature of the global temperature---not about the cause of it.
The opposite camp of disbelievers is contending that there is no evidence that CO2 emitted by burning the fossil fuel is responsible for those variables. Mind you, historical records are clearly showing that there have been periods of more pronounced heating, possibly caused by the sun's flare-ups, at times when hardly any cars were to be seen anywhere.
By the way, even poor cows should be excused for expelling their gases---isn't that enough that we steal their milk and we eat them, we also have the nerve to prosecute them for their farting and so contributing to the ozone holes. Who else but humans!
Scaring people is easy when you come from a high platform of an authority. Take for example the scare about smoking. While it's true that many smokers also develop cancers and die young, there could be some unsuspected factor at play, for example a bad stress management which in combination with cigarettes results with a cancer.
But then, if it's really doing so much harm, why is it that many smokers outlive many so called health-nuts who eat by the book? Could it be, again, because this high stress over "proper eating" drives the body crazy?
I have read enough literature about the bad effects of meat to scare every meat-eater; and enough literature against vegetarian and vegan eating to scare those folks as well. But I am not an expert at anything, so don't worry, I won't even try scaring you.
I am here to tell you something completely opposite---don't get scared so easily by what those of some credentials are telling you. Indeed, you don't have to be a cheerleader on their parade.
Not So Likely to Go Extinct
Let me remind you---not lecturing here---that the life span these days extends by about a third over that one from times when there was hardly any excess CO2 in the atmosphere.
Think of those blessed "healthy times" when food was natural with no GMO, oceans were clean with no plastic bottles and toxic waste, and you could even inhale that aromatic air with no smog---and then you would be old at the age of 50.
Yes, there is no question about our polluting, but even though at a slow pace, authorities are doing something about it. It's not exactly that our precious asses are about to go extinct overnight, like it is with so many other species. Hey, we are still surviving, so let's give a chance to those slow decision makers.
No, it's not so easy to extinguish the flame of our breed. As long as there are enough amorous Chinese and Indians to produce another future polluter every fraction of a second---we are safe. The more---the merrier, they probably say. And not that the rest of the world is going sterile either; babies don't even have to be planned, they usually "happen" as an accident anyway, so--- "Let there be light...and let there be humans!"
Really we shouldn't get scared so easily by those alarmists. Has it ever dawned on you how anybody with some skill or academic credential is contemplating about a market for their services and expertise?
So, maybe they got smart enough to have noticed how the oldest profession on earth---no, I don't mean prostitution---but religion, has survived through millennia by simply playing on human existential fear. "Die---or survive death in heavens"---sounds attractive enough even to me who has no such ambitions.
Fear is the strongest of all emotions---forget about love. You want a proof? You can never fall in love in a fraction of a second, possibly soiling your underwear from its intensity---like fear can do it to you.
Thus, I can talk to you sweetly till the cows come home about the planet easily surviving all our assaults because it has been through much, much harder times, and we shouldn't flatter ourselves that we are hurting it.
But what can I possibly achieve, because so many folks have wired it into their brains that global warming is happening and we are all doomed.
Walking on the Sunny Side of the Street
By now maybe at least some of you started buying this notion about people being easy prey to those alarmists who are building their careers on human fear. Now, let us not neglect the other side of that survival coin---aggression.
After the mainstream media has made almost everyone's fight/flight mechanism hyperactive with as many boogie-men as they could think of---especially in the political arena---we got predisposed to crave those to hate.
So, let's have enough enemies to hate---be it political, religious, racial, or those referring to gender...even bosses, mothers-in-law, and neighbor's dogs will do.
In the absence of anyone out there to hate, we can always hate ourselves; and mind you, you would be surprised how much self-hate is actually generating that outward hate. We like to exteriorize our inner conflicts. So we suspect others when we don't trust ourselves, and hey---"Misery always looks for company".
Thus, while we are busy agonizing over what global warming proponents are telling us, we just flip the coin and there we go looking for a fight with those who don't believe in global warming. Aren't we cute, who wouldn't love us?
When I look at the Questions & Answers of the Hub Pages, I get truly amused by seeing always the same individuals coming up with negativities. It's hardly possible to squeeze an optimistic outlook out of them. They often remind me of that ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's grouchy puppet named "Walter". No matter what the topic, Walter will always have something bad to say about it.
Well, folks, I have tried my best, or close to it, to make the whole issue of the global warming ridiculous, and its propagators transparent in their covert drive to make a name for themselves on the culture market.
So, come on, let's try to walk on the sunny side of the street---lots of room there, it's almost empty. Your doctor will congratulate you on your robust health as well, as the result of your not believing any negative crap you hear.
My doc never has a chance to congratulate me at this age of 72, because he never sees me. I don't feel the earth becoming any "warmer", even though I keep walking on the sunny side of the street---or maybe because of it.