The Myth of Human Progress
Chris Hedges has written a sobering commentary on the chances of human beings responding in timely ways to a growing threat of multiple environmental and social problems. The article begins with this somber truth:
"Clive Hamilton in his "Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change" describes a dark relief that comes from accepting that "catastrophic climate change is virtually certain." This obliteration of "false hopes," he says, requires an intellectual knowledge and an emotional knowledge. The first is attainable. The second, because it means that those we love, including our children, are almost certainly doomed to insecurity, misery and suffering within a few decades, if not a few years, is much harder to acquire. To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truthÃ¯Â¿Â½intellectually and emotionallyÃ¯Â¿Â½and continue to resist the forces that are destroying us."
Good luck, my fellow apes.
Here is a link that might be useful: Myth of human progress