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Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:48 AM
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Earth Day 2009: Thoughts Like Falling Leaves
Environmentalists are perpetual optimists. In a world of good-willed people, we expect good things will happen. But pessimism, too, has its place.

Leaf One

Con games and sleight-of-hand magic work because, one, we humans only have so much attention to spare at any one moment, and two, they direct that attention deliberately in one direction. If you look at where the finger points, you miss ... well, everything else.

Like the movie teen backing through a darkened doorway in the serial killers lair, we focus intently on one thing while something more important takes place just outside the sphere of our focus...

...Leaf Two

Was it only ten years ago I was writing an article about Baby Six Billion? She was born on or about October 11, 1999. I wrote about the world of progressive scarcity she would be born into, and I wished her well.

But were already talking about Baby Seven Billion, who is predicted to arrive on Earth in 2012. Which means that even though youd expect Baby Seven Billion to be a daughter or granddaughter of Baby Six Billion, shes not. (Unless Baby Six Billion got pregnant at the age of 12, that is.)

Instead, Baby Seven Billion will be born, give or take a few years, to the same generation that produced Baby Six Billion. The SAME generation.

Jeezus holy jacked-up shit.

Knowing that, I have to ask: What exactly is the point of going green? ...


What, indeed? :(
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