And at the rate we’re going, our time will be up soon! Think the climate emergency is a huge threat? It certainly is. Plastic pollution? Slowly poisoning us. Ocean acidification? Killing not only the fish we eat but the plankton that make the very oxygen we breathe. Putin’s wars? Russia’s and China’s espionage and cyber warfare and suborning of African countries?
Elon Musk is a toxic individual and is rapidly turning Twitter into a toxic ‘public square.’ However, unlike a real, physical public square that we can and should fight for, Twitter is a virtual public space that can be remade literally overnight elsewhere. And it is.
Considering our leader’s lies on climate action, why is nobody doing this? We used to be more…assertive in our own defense.
Climate change is advancing, leaders say they’ll take action, but are quite clearly lying. So why is the climate movement restraining itself from damaging oil and coal and gas equipment? Why do they (we) persist in blocking traffic, which just pisses off people who often have no choice but to commute to work?
Many democracies have encouraged their citizens to behave like narcissists, for two reasons: Most of our leaders are narcissists, and capitalism rewards narcissists in particular and sociopaths in general. This is not good – the narcissists-in-charge care only about themselves, not us or the nation. And a narcissistic nation will tear itself apart, as we are doing.Continue reading
Most democracies today are led by dangerous fools. Some appear more intelligent and wiser than others, and some are obvious dolts, but few have the wisdom needed to respond to today’s challenges.
There are two reasons for this that I’ll get into, but what do I mean by ‘fools?’ I mean that they lack wisdom, obviously, but what does that mean? It means they do stupid and selfish things that degrade the country’s ability to survive, never mind thrive, by harming and cheating citizens.
Most of us have had the…experience of living with, working with, or otherwise being in close contact with a sociopath, though we may not have known it. I had the fortune to deal with some ‘challenging’ characters in work and personal life, and I learned a few things – some of them the hard way. (I have anonymized these people so they don’t have an excuse to sue me.)
In case you don’t know what a narcissist is, they are people who care only about themselves and their life revolves around self-glorification. They have “an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others.”
In case you don’t know who Dr Bonnie Henry is, she is the provincial health official who has been guiding Canada’s province of British Columbia (BC) through the pandemic. And she has displayed troubling, tell-tale signs of pathological narcissism.
Dear Climate Campaigners: You – we – need to get serious about saving the planet. Any day now would be great. I know we’ve been at it for 40-some years, and this would be a great year to finally get it right and break through.
In a previous and apparently somewhat controversial article I laid out what individuals are likely to do as despair and anger rise over climate inaction. (I have taken it down, as some actions were illegal and potentially dangerous, but people are doing them.) I was not recommending these actions, but some readers interpreted it that way and seemed very threatened by what desperate individuals will do.