A guest post by Tallis Rockwell
If you go to Daily Mail or some other tabloid magazine, you will see the next apocalyptic event popular within the media, whether it is Yellowstone, World war 3, or an asteroid that is getting a little close. Not a lot of people take global catastrophe seriously and it easy to see why with it happening every year in magazines. The media loves catastrophes, and the public is beginning to mix up the scientist’s words with the media’s words. Climate change is legitimate science but the media dirties it with ridiculous statements and a focus on politics rather than the environment or the science.
People love hype, they love to build things up, and they do this for wars and other disasters because they have never experienced a true disaster, one where you barely have time to prepare or one where no can help you. Could you imagine the reaction of the people of Indonesia if someone wrote an article about a future Mega-tsunami? What about the people of Iraq with the threats of large scale bombing? They would take these articles seriously because they have experienced these disasters and be angry that it was just soulless clickbait.
This just shows that the public and the government does not take global catastrophe seriously even with climate change but as scientists, we take them very seriously because we know how frequent they are and just how many the machination of men will cause. Soldiers, victims of hurricanes and tornadoes, and scientist take these portents of doom seriously because we know either through experience or knowledge just how terrible they are.
Doom is not imminent but it is foreseeable and people can’t see the bigger picture What if Mt. Aso decides to produce a high end VEI 7? What if Iceland decides to throw us a mini flood basalt? What about non hyperbolic climate change? All of these are legitimate threats but people see them nothing more than clickbait.
People really think that modern society is an unmovable pillar that will stand through whatever nature or even God would throw at it as seen through ridiculously optimistic sci fi shows like star trek. I am a true nihilist and if people can’t take these threars seriously and if the media continues in saying ridiculous garbage, we are never going to walk on Mars surface.
History is full of catastrophe and the overcoming of that pain to build the society we live in now, history is more important then most people give it credit for. Imagine the feeling of fear from the men who fought in World war 2 for the Allies to win and in the next 20 years some one will say “What does that have to do with me?” while doing their homework.
A VEI 7 is going to happen sometime in the future and as much as I would like to ramble about its effects, I am sure you all know just how bad it could get so I am going to move on. People in western society have lost their strength and are detached from reality and that reality is that this level of comfort can’t last forever.Life was never supposed to be easy whether God exists or not. This society wasn’t built on pleasure and the only way to push forward into true progress is with pain. As bad as everything that might happen and what is going tohappen will be, it won’t be the end of the world and will only be the end of us if we let it.
If one wants to look at the future all you have to do is look at the past and present. Pesticides are poisoning the soil, plastics are poisoning the ocean, the air is being pumped full of emissions. This isn’t a threat to the comfort of modern society yet so no one will fight it. Comfort is the dominant thought on the people’s mind and if doesn’t threaten it yet then why worry? You can see this with sweatshops in foreign countries, as long as people get their iphones for cheap and they don’t see any pictures who cares?
The future is shown to be full of hope and the delusion of strength resonates within western society. The next season of Game of thrones takes paramount instead of real world issues, this way of thinking has been around for hundreds of years and will not leave until things start going wrong and by that point it will be too late.
The messengers of these threats are focused on making money or becoming famous like Al gore. They have been making headlines like “There is only 5 years to save the Earth.” for forty years. They are the ones who get the coverage. I take portents of doom very seriously and the reaction from the media and the public is the most insulting thing I can think of.
I am sorry this has been a little grim especially for my first post but I have been needing to get that off my chest, I am not what you would call the most stable of individuals . Please tell me what you think down below.