Folks who deny human responsibility for climate change provide a new standard for ignorance. Bay Area writer Mark Morford captures the tone of denial in today's SFGate column. Morford skewers the mentality as well as the tone: alternately whiny, petulant, frightened and vindictive. Instead of changing behavior, we point at scapegoats, (liberals, vegans, the White House,) distract ourselves with trivia and celebrity scandals, or numb the senses with shopping and drink. Jonathan Swift, writing in the 18th century gave English prose some of our most memorable, witty satire; Morford does the same for our times.
One needn't struggle to prove or disprove global warming with data any longer - - simply sticking your head out the window should suffice to convince a still-breathing human that things are connected, and human behavior has consequences for all of life. The Buddha discussed interdependence as one of life's basic realities. Still we cover our eyes and pretend, or dull our senses to the truth of massive breakdowns of vital planetary systems. Pete Seeger asked, "When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?"