Phil Rockstroh: Death Knell for a Failing Paradigm
from Consortium News:
Death Knell for a Failing Paradigm November 16, 2012
The death and destruction from Super Storm Sandy – this time inflicted near the U.S. power center of New York City – are warnings of what’s in store if the global-warming deniers continue to obstruct action. Future devastation will shatter the creaky framework of modern civilization, says Phil Rockstroh.
By Phil Rockstroh
So much has been lost to the hubris and cupidity inherent to the hyper-industrialization and commercial hustler that defines the Anthropocene Epoch (i.e. the era since human activity began to significantly affect the Earth’s ecosystem, often dated to the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th Century).
To take it all in, to allow oneself to feel the full implications of the dire situation, of the ecocide and humanity lost to endless war and economic exploitation, one would be knocked to one’s knees with sorrow or compelled to give voice to bursts of full-throated rage.
Therefore, as the grid-decimating tide of Sandy recedes and the power and lights have been restored to our East Village, fifth floor walk-up flat, I sit at my writing desk, and I am staring down the scope of my cerebral cortex, desiring to unload both barrels into the delusional asses of climate change deniers.
This mutant strain of hurricane (that has inflicted much disruption in our lives and a great amount of stress on my six-month, pregnant wife, Angela) was caused by changes in the Gulf Stream, wrought by manmade greenhouse gasses. ............(more)