Some big thoughts on a gray Friday. Inspired by a truly inspiring talk I attended on Monday by Dr. Miriam Diamond, U of T prof.
1. Growth is an inherently stupid model upon which to rule our world. Really stupid. But what else do we got? Exponential population, arithmetic resources. It’s an extremely old argument, but everyone’s answer to refute this is the magic of technooology!
2. Don’t put your faith in technology to solve our problems, environmental or otherwise. Carbon capture and storage sounds great, but it won’t work very well. Clean coal is the biggest crock of shit. The concept that technology will save us has been heavily mythologized. Don’t count on it, count on your brain and your legs. I promise.
3. Our civilization, both peak and demise, (will) completely mirror the Roman Empire.
We ain’t better than nobody. They were brilliant, they had sophisticated societies. They knew lead was a neurotoxin but kept using it anyway. Not to say that other factors were at play in their demise (political, thirst for power and desire to spread the movement across the globe). But… haha. You can tell where I’m going with this. This exactly mirrors our current situation – the desire for Abrahamic religions to “spread” both word and their ideals, the massive concerns of geopolitics, fundamentalism, and complex levels of pollution.
Exactly like the Romans, we are fully aware of our potential downfalls – we know that fundamentalism is dangerous, people are becoming more divided and more unhappy, along with the billions of known pollutants around us along with their effects. Doom gloom scare you. I don’t want to scare, it’s unfortunately been the natural way to get people to detunnelize and pay attention. We need these sorts of transormative messages to be charismatic, somehow positive, harmonizing, unifying, and actualizing. I’ll get back to you.
Fear won’t get people to fully follow through. We need to be aware of these sorts of things, and have a greater sense of this whole thing’s destination. ‘Cause this thing ain’t a journey, for humans at least.