Neil DeGrasse Tyson: We Are Witnessing The ‘Unraveling Of An Informed Democracy’ | MSNBC
Sep 20, 2017
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how climate change deniers in government are ‘unraveling’ our
informed democracy by making policees that are not based on scientific fact.
It got me to thinking about all the shell shocked people who simply can’t believe weather could be so destructive
and that of course got me back to the same old problem. Here goes:
3:30 ++ What it’s about? Why did we as a society fail this grand existential challenge created by our own success and numbers?
We learned 40, 50 years ago beyond reasonable doubt that unless we radically changed our mind set -
namely turning down our obsession for ever more stuff.
(Also, make less babies and developing sustainable economies rather than predatory blood sucker economies of boom and bust
and consumption, pollution and destruction.) A realization for the limits of growth and appreciation for ‘enlightened self interest’.
Of learning to appreciate our Earth and “nature” and our biosphere with respect. Of realizing the importance of nurturing our planet,
of consuming less, of learning to harness Earth constructively. Nurture landscapes and wild places and animals,
while a more reasoned approach to living and town/cities, etc. needed to be developed.
Ratcheting down our fossil fuels burning as fast as possible.
All this was necessary if we wanted the human reign to last for more than simply a few more generations.
We had none of it.
Reaganomics won the hearts and minds, the obsession with maximizing profits, minimizing responsibilities and expenditures,
became the imperative of the day, of the decades. Earth and nature and biosphere became dirty words to the right wing.
Instead they had wars to create and profits to make, and we said sure, whatever.
No turning off that innate childish impulse, “too much is never is enough” - instead we embraced it with vengeance, ignoring all sober voices of moderation, becoming entranced with Hollywood generated mass fantasy and the literal unhinging from our down Earth’s realities.
The geophysics of this grand manmade global warming experiment we’ve been on.
The past decades have flown by, every decade the world has warmed, the deniers have gotten more ruthless and dishonest and hostile -
and those that know better get more timid.
I have kids and grandkids and it’s nightmarish thinking what we’ve condemned them and their communities to while I get to watch the news full of people who are absolutely startled that a weather event could be so destructive and take away pretty near all they had.