reply to post by earthart
Be aware of who this Guy McPherson is:
McPherson's latest chapter includes abandoning his tenured position as full professor at a major research university for ethical reasons. His
story is described in his memoir, "Walking Away from Empire." You can read about that book and his many others at his website:
So basically he's become "political" by focusing on speeches and books. He's abandoned educating because he thinks it's interlocked with empire and
thus is impotent.
He could be right, but I'd rather trust the bulk of people, not the minority. He's minority.
IMHO, he's advocating destroying our current "empire". And this means, in my view, setting us back 100 years and ensuring that whatever destruction we
permitted will prevent any recovery.
Life is a chance. It always has been. This man wants to deal in certainties, yet life is never certain. But we live in a free country, so if this man
wants to abandon the "empire" then so be it.
It's odd that this mean gives me the impression of once being a liberal because, at the heart of his recent actions, he became conservative. By
fearing climate apocalypse and defaulting and losing his faith in humanity and relying more on certainty (which is an impossibility and more like a
christian than a scientist) he has turned full circle and transformed himself into a die-hard conservative.
He's also an idealist and he'll never be happy with what happens in this world since it'll never measure up to his expectations. The thing about this
world is it's a mix of every ideal out there. It's incredibly shoddy and messy. Call it a messy miracle. In this way, an idealist simply cannot mix
their own limited and inflexible world view with the one that's transpiring in real-time. Actual real world conditions almost always will be different
than what any single person desires just because no single person has all the answers. By becoming an idealist you curse yourself to a life of
disappointment and betrayal.
He's greatly underestimating the effectiveness and will of life to overcome adversity. This is why history is filled with predictions of doomsday that
did not happen. Oh, sure, there were bad events like world war I/II and terrorism, there were plagues, there were famines, there were earthquakes and
fires and every possible natural disaster, but humans in their ability to predict virtually never fail to be grossly in error. The reason this is so
is because humans do not willingly admit that solving today's problems involves billions of interacting people and billions of billions of other
various factors in nature both inside and outside the realm of this planet and that people are hopeless to predict this!
Individually, we're much the result of our ability to predict, but globally, we're the result of a magic. This makes us furious!!! Especially
idealists! They fume like a burning volcanic vent. Soon they erupt and scatter their violent outrage across the world. To admit that we're unable to
predict everything is to say we lack complete control over our destiny. And this conflicts with our belief in directed destiny. We teach our kids from
a young age that everything is a choice, a responsibility. We're driven to believe that everything is predictable and thus controllable. For an
idealist, these beliefs are fully realized and embraced. While it's true that everything eventually comes within our grasp to predict it, it's
inevitable that we reach our limits of understanding. And this is where the conflict is born.
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