serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (DaffyHatesYou)
A comment I left at an article talking about conservatives and their attitude about climate change:

I don't think the refusal to do anything about global warming is necessarily partisan. Leftists do a great job of talking about it, but how much is actually DONE on our side? How many of US are willing to change our lives in the truly radical way it would take? None that I've seen. I'm not talking about changing light bulbs and taking the bus - those things won't made any difference at all. I mean REAL change, the kind that will work.

None. You know why? Because it doesn't exist. The tipping point was reached long ago. Anything we do now will be cosmetic, and any changes will go towards maybe - MAYBE - making sure things get worse at a somewhat slower rate

Through evolution, the earth managed to come up with a species that can modify its environment to suit its own desires. Any species with that capacity is going to do exactly that - and it won't stop. We are doing what we're doing to the earth because it's written in our DNA: we're selfish, manipulative primates, and we're not going to
stop being selfish, manipulative primates. Some of us try, but the reality is that we're simply never going to give up what we have and what we want. It's just not in our nature, and the proof is - well, here we are. HAVE we given up anything? HAVE we made the necessary changes? If we're not willing to make them now, we're never going to do it. We'll make a half-hearted attempt at the last minute, and then moan and weep and tear our hair over WHY DIDN'T WE ACT SOONER?

Because we can't. Because we won't. Because WE DON'T WANT TO. Bottom line -
we don't want to. That'll be humanity's epitaph:


Oh no you DIN'T

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 01:50 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (FrodoDie)
On contemplating Laudito Si, Pope Frank's new encyclical concerning climate change and environmentalism:

I have this great little fantasy...

Up in heaven, the god of Christianity sits on his throne, his son beside him, both of them frowning thunderously at the rich asshole standing before them. YOU FUCKED UP MY PLANET, yells god. I GAVE YOU THIS AMAZING THING, TOLD YOU TO TAKE CARE OF IT, AND YOU FUCKED IT UP. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH EFFORT IT TOOK TO MAKE THAT THING? HOW MUCH TIME AND SKILL? BILLIONS OF FUCKING YEARS, IT TOOK ME. AND YOU SHIT ON IT. YOU THINK YOU'RE GETTING AWAY WITH THAT?

The angel guards drag the arrogant shithead blustering his excuses away to the Hell Chute, while Jesus yells ASSHOLE at him.

And this repeats for Every. Single. One. of the fuckwit cretins denying that the planet is dying, and refusing to do anything about its condition.

And not just in the Christian heaven. Every god in every afterlife yelling the same thing at whichever of their acolytes displayed this selfish, cretinous behavior. An entire chorus of enraged gods pounding idiots into the dust for deciding that their convenience is more important than the orders to the contrary given to them by the gods they pretend to worship.

'Tis a futile little fantasy, but mine own.

serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (KissFromCarl)

The spacecraft was a long way from home. I thought it might be a good idea, just after Saturn, to have them take one last glance homeward. From Saturn, the Earth would appear too small for Voyager to make out any detail. Our planet would just be a point of light, a lonely pixel, hardly distinguishable from the many other points of light Voyager would see: nearby planets, far-off suns. But precisely because of the obscurity of our world thus revealed, such a picture might be worth having.

It had been well understood by the scientists and philosophers of classical antiquity that the Earth was a mere point in a vast, encompassing cosmos. But no one had ever seen it as such. Here was our first chance, and perhaps also our last, for decades to come.

So here they are: a mosaic of squares laid down on top of the planets, and a background smattering of more distant stars. Because of the reflection of sunlight off the spacecraft, the Earth seems to be sitting in a beam of light, as if there were some special significance to this small world. But it's just an accident of geometry and optics.

There is no sign of humans in this picture. Not our reworking of the Earth's surface, not our machines, not ourselves. From this vantage point, our obsession with nationalism is nowhere in evidence. We are too small. On the scale of worlds humans are inconsequential, a thin film of life on an obscure and solitary lump of rock and metal.

Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines. Every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization. Every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every supreme leader, every superstar, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.

Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of another corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that in glory and triumph they can become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

Our planet is a lonely speck in a great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experiment. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceit than this distant image of our tiny world. It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the only home we've ever known:

The pale blue dot.

Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan



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