Will the true Messiah please stand up?

Why do they never turn up when you need them?

Why do they never turn up when you need them?

      Where is a Messiah when you really need one?         The USA may not be the World’s sole super power – or at least not to the extent it once was – but we nevertheless need it to be on board and pulling in the right direction. Unfortunately, even with Barrack Obama in the White House these last four years, this is quite clearly not what the USA has been doing. With regard to climate change, a ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ outcome is almost guaranteed because, as Garrett Hardin once incisively observed, “Ruin is the destination to which all men rush, each pursuing his own interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons”. However, I do not think that this is reason alone to give up on trying to avoid it. All around us today, we can see emerging signs of the reality of Limits to Growth phenomena: We were warned about this over 40 years ago but, almost since such warnings were first uttered, they have been variously dismissed as anti-progress, anti-Western or anti-human. Unfortunately, history has proven them to be only one thing; and that is anti-sceptic. Whether it be the abstraction of groundwater or the fishing of our oceans; and/or the pollution of our groundwater, rivers, oceans or atmosphere; things that once seemed to be OK are now a problem simply because of the scale and/or rate at which they are being undertaken: Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD) is not just a physically-inevitable consequence of the Laws of Physics (belief in which is not optional), nor just the consequence of physics we have understood well for over 150 years and observed for at least 50 years. ACD is the most obvious evidence of the reality of Limits to Growth that we will ever have. ACD has become our greatest problem simply because of our refusal to acknowledge its reality; and because we seem incapable of preventing perpetual growth in the rate at which we allow it to impact the Planet: It did not matter a great deal when there were only 1 billion humans chopping down trees to make charcoal. However, when there are at over 7 billion humans chopping down trees and burning them to clear forests to feed people whose existence seems predicated on the burning of fossil fuels, this is a very big deal indeed. Scale of operation and rate of pollution is everything; and we are currently doing these things at faster rates than those with which the biosphere can clearly cope: In other words, Homo sapiens has now exceeding the Earth’s ecological carrying capacity for it as a species. Either we must modify our behaviour or nature will modify it for us (or us for it?). There is no Messiah waiting to save us. We must save ourselves (or Nature is likely to deploy some very unpleasant pest control measures against us). If we are to do this, we need everyone to be on board and playing by the same rules. In this respect, the USA is not the only “problem-child in the nursery”; problematic States are almost ubiquitous: Afghanistan, Brazil, Canadaโ€ฆ [some time later]โ€ฆ Venezuela, USA, Western Sahara, Xanadu(?), (the former) Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, and Zimbabwe… Whoever we are and wherever we are, there are a number of things we cannot afford to do any longer: These include (1) blame the problem on someone else; (2) wait for someone else to take action first; (3) and/or complain that unilateral action is futile… If we wish to avoid overshoot, collapse and/or ecocide, it is now time for aggressive, brave, collective, and decisive action by any and all who understand the nature, scale and urgency of the need to act. Given the additional evidence of the reality of the existential threat we face literally pouring in every day, we can and must hope that the more recalcitrant elements of our species will soon either admit their error and/or be shamed into joining the Anthropocene fight for survival in which we are now engaged. Welcome to Belshazzar’s Feast: I am afraid your place was reserved for you many years ago. Although attendance is mandatory, over-indulgence should definitely be considered optional.

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About Rick Altman

Possibly just another 'Climate Cassandra' crying 'Wolf' in cyberspace. However, the moral of the old children's story is that the Wolf eventually turned up!
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15 Responses to Will the true Messiah please stand up?

  1. I must say, this is one of the few times when I must disagree with you ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We don’t need the USA! It is them who have fought countless wars, created an entire economy based solely on their needs and even went about stopping virtually anyone who tried to change things for the entire world instead of just America. Consequently people have become addicted to depending on the USA. It is that dependence on them that is holding us all back from fixing the world. What we need to do is to “ignore” them, show them that we are willing to turn our backs on them unless they jump on the bandwagon and come to the party. If we did that, if we stood on our own feet and put our own backs into the work that lies ahead, THEY WOULD JOIN US! I mean, check out the rubbish they feed us in order to carry on with their own lifestyles, now Obama has restricted CO2 emissions from “new” power plants when we all know full well it is the ones already in existence that need to be stomped on. And yet we still think we should depend on them. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/environment/la-me-gs-obama-limits-power-plant-co2-emissions-20120327,0,7268096.story As for the Messiah, he’ll turn up soon enough … Rev 1.1 … First many things must happen …. and only when earth is at his feet and screaming in the agony of its own destruction, only then will he turn up, we still have a little while longer to go before we’re on our knees. (I’d gladly get into a religious discussion with you but few men can take my form of belief, you’d probably lose all your readers) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Rick Altman says:

      I will agree with you Donald, that we had better have that a-millennial, pre-millennial, or post-millennial debate via email. Furthermore, if you were hoping to have a mass-debate over America, here I must disappoint you too, because, despite what I may have said above, I would also agree with you that, just as we cannot use China or India as an excuse for our own inaction, we should not allow the USA to stop us either…

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      • The video merely proves that even the most ordinary of people .. in this case a British bus driver, can have more power than the most powerful man on earth, proving also that it is the little people who, together, can solve all our problems. We don’t need another hero, we can save this planet on our own, simply by ignoring the politicians and the religious leaders and so on, and going out and doing the things that must be done .. by ourselves. Use less energy, waste less heat, that’s all it takes, if we use less energy then we deny the coal companies much of their profits forcing them to look for alternatives to fossil fuels that will provide them with bigger profits, if we waste less heat then we shall have less need for energy while at the same time lowering our thermal and carbon footprints. As Jesus said, if we “believe” then we too can move mountains or as in this case, we can make mountains of coal stay right where they are, in the ground. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Rick Altman says:

        We still have to solve ‘Jevons’ Paradox’. See https://anthropocenereality.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/all-things-are-still-connected/ (Judicious use of CTRL+F may help)

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      • Rick Altman says:

        Anyone who thinks this is bordering on distasteful needs to watch it to the end.

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      • Sooner or later somebody important is bound to read your references to Jevonsโ€™ Paradox and will decide that the easiest way to resolve the situation is by judicious application of a few dozen nukes in somewhat obscure and communistically minded nations. Now, that is problem we should all consider…., when the time comes, when no matter what solution we apply will be just that little bit too late …. what will our politicians do then, how will they decide then who gets cooked and who doesn’t? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      • Crikey! Let’s get started!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Rick Altman says:

        Would you be thinking of a small island State in the Caribean, whose flag has much in common with those of Chile and Texas, currently subject to a visitation from your mate Benedict?

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      • jpgreenword says:

        That was hilarious!!!

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  2. Off topic, Rick … Got a letter from the Uni today … “It’s been a while since we last saw you, have you been working in IT related jobs? if so submit us your current CV and we will upgrade you to an “Advanced Diploma” qualification, you will not have to attend any classes instead you might need to do one or two projects to complete your qualifications” Should I tell them I already have my degree or should I go along and see just what they are up to? Looks to me like they’re out to get some free work out of me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Rick Altman says:

      How many years is it since you were last in touch with them? To me, rather than going on a fishing trip to drum up financial support, they would appear to have embarked on a whaling expedition to Antarctica!

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      • A Diploma? I’d want a Doctorate at least or perhaps the chair in the Physics/Astronomy Department or something as equally glamorous. I believe it was 1992 when I got my last degree, but that was in Mechanical Engineering with Applied Physics on the side, I studied for it while working for the SRA as a train driver, I gained my Computer Science degree way back in the early 80s and that was after I had already gained my B.Sc in Electronics. Mind you, I’m an old cod now and haven’t kept up with many of the latest advances, perhaps I could go back and do some sort of a refresher or something but I feel that if I do go back then I might be taking the chair from some young person just getting started in life. I don’t even want to work anymore let alone given the fact that I have forgotten most of the stuff I studied, I feel happy that they remembered me but I don’t understand the need for it, perhaps it has to do with the treasurer cutting back almost 75% of all research money and they need me for a project, maybe they are trying to buy me cheap, I have been known to be very expensive at times. Hang on, I just thought, “Diploma” perhaps I am being offered a Nobel Laureate or something equally dignified, should I include your name in my acceptance speech? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Just had another read of it, the letter contains two pages, according to the second page I have been offered a choice of any of 14 different “Advanced” diplomas and all the ones that would interest me have the same requirement, “Must be on the job”, that means I have to be working for them in order to gain the Diploma. These guys are head-hunting me ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I’m keeping quiet about my 6 ‘O’ Levels!

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