Saturday, September 2, 2017

Groundhog Day & The Climate of Fear - 3

Repetition is the best way to do
something over and over again
The fundamental activity of human civilization is repetition.

That is only a problem when that repetition becomes a function of insanity: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" (Groundhog Day & The Climate of Fear, 2).

Some of that fundamental repetition has become a "Houston we have a problem" scenario (The Extinction of Houston - 2).

The movie Groundhog Day was about a weather man who got hung up doing the same things over and over again to the point it became "bothersome."

He finally got a glimpse into what was happening, realized the import of it, and sought to escape the time vortex by sabotaging the relevant repetition trance (Choose Your Trances Carefully).

As we speak, the (and civilization itself) is caught up in the same trance, which is thinking that doing the same thing, such as location denial (You Are Here), will produce a different result (Louisiana: The Latest on Flood Recovery, by the Numbers, Will New Orleans’ $14.5 Billion Walls Stand Up to the Next Big Storm? [Answer: NO, the Aug. 2016 Louisiana flood took place after that wall went up] ).

Civilization keeps on pumping green house gases into the atmosphere, keeps on burning fossil fuels, keeps on being a sycophant to Oil-Qaeda (Humble Oil-Qaeda), all the while expecting changes to magically take place as it repeats itself ad nauseam.

As that repetition progresses, perpetual flood zones, rising seas, droughts, and all manner of anomalous weather events increase (The Damaged Global Climate System - 7).

A recent chronic example (houstonitis) is becoming epidemic:
"The arguments over insurance coverage have not even begun, and then there is the question of how businesses in this perpetual flood zone will renew
Houston flood plan: "All hat and no cattle"
their insurance. Or how might they relocate to higher ground? And how do they pay for that? And where is higher ground in this vast, swampy lowland?

The public has been conditioned by frequent natural disasters to think that nobody has to eat the losses, so that in effect loss doesn’t exist,  just as the nation’s central bank has engineered the belief that risk no longer exists ..."
(Kunstler, emphasis added). In other words, once insanity takes hold, it becomes cancerous and spreads as far and wide as possible.

The sequence is: 1) damage the global climate system with the use of fossil fuels, 2) reap the then-damaged system's anomalous weather events, 3) deny that reality by saying these are only "10,000 year flood events" and the like, 4) repeat.

Yep, we who read history have seen this repetitive pattern before:
"In other words, a society does not ever die 'from natural causes', but always dies from suicide or murder --- and nearly always from the former, as this chapter has shown."
"In the Study Toynbee examined the rise and fall of 26 civilizations in the course of human history, and he concluded that they rose by responding successfully to challenges under the leadership of creative minorities composed of elite leaders. Civilizations declined when their leaders stopped responding creatively, and the civilizations then sank owing to the sins of nationalism, militarism, and the tyranny of a despotic minority. Unlike Spengler in his The Decline of the West, Toynbee did not regard the death of a civilization as inevitabl, for it may or may not continue to respond to successive challenges. Unlike Karl Marx, he saw history as shaped by spiritual, not economic forces."
(Stockholm Syndrome: The Declaration of Intellectual Dependence). The question now remaining is: will we be around to see it after ?

The previous post in this series is here.

Nightblindness lyrics here ...

1 comment:

  1. "Why fossil energy is behaving like a cornered beast is the plunging price of renewable energy makes end of fossil fuels inevitable. The most profitable industry in history, rather than using their capital and technical capacity to transition itself to become sustainable energy, its leaders like Exxon have chosen an anti-science, greedy, and reckless path.

    Fortunately, and despite obfuscation from fossil fuel corporations, fossil energy is clearly emerging as yesterday’s energy.
    " (link)