Monday, September 18, 2017

Global Warming: ¿Cuál es el punto?

In Spanish, there's an expression that means "What's the point".  I take it to 
simultaneously mean both 'why we are doing something' and 'why even bother'. You search for the balancing point between the two diametrically opposed concepts without expecting a resolution. Meaning comes within the 'point of tension' that their opposition creates. You allow this energy to help you maintain a balanced viewpoint and realize deeper meanings.....

With this playing in the background of your mind, read and assimilate the following four insightful comics:

There's a comic strip where a grandfather says to his grown daughter: "The science may be convincing, but there's a good reason not to believe in global warming. If we were really convinced it was real, then we'd actually have to DO something about it."

In a Calvin and Hobbes comic panel, Calvin comments to Hobbes:
"It's true. Ignorance is bliss...(because) once you know things, you start seeing problems everywhere, and once you see problems, you feel like you ought to try to fix them and fixing problems always seems to require personal change and change means doing things that aren't fun... but if you're willfully stupid, you don't know any better, so you can keep doing whatever you like.. The secret to happiness is short term, stupid, self-interest."

In another comic, a college student is remarking to his professor:
"You're the best teacher I've ever had. You opened my eyes to the world and showed me how to think critically... I was happy until I met you."

In the last comic, the setting is at a world climate summit. Besides combatting global warming, auxiliary reasons for minimizing fossil fuel usage are listed as: energy independence, preserve rain forests, sustainability, green jobs, livable cities, renewables, clean water and air, healthy citizenry, etcetera. Then a spectator exclaims, "What if it's a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing."