Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Living in the Age of Stupid
I know that many before me have felt that they live during times in which their fellow man's limited intelligence rules the day, much to their chagrin. I can imagine how learned people felt in Europe during two thousand years of endless war and carnage, first in the name of God, then in the name of race.
In the words of Robbie Burns, "Man's inhumanity to man, makes countless thousands mourn!"
But I live in a different time and a different place.
I live in Canada, a country that is incredibly peaceful, yet incredibly complacent.
People here just want to get on with their little lives and don't want to be bothered with the details of the big picture, even if the big picture is signaling loud and clear that their children and their grand children might have great difficulty getting on with their little lives if we continue to live ours as if nothing was happening with regard to climate change.
I can't help thinking that we live in the Age of Stupid, the title of a mockumentary film starring the late Pete Postlethwaite, who plays a future archivist that looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.
Given the overwhelming evidence that suggests that human activity is changing the planet's ecosystem at a rate never seen before and that global warming could bring about catastrophic climate change that would cause "countless millions to mourn", you have to be extremely thick not to get it.
Or, maybe it's just a question of the vast majority having their head up their ass, incapable of critical thought, being led by the hand by a bunch of greedy, lying, bastards.