Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Age of Stupid and the oldies


Last weekend we watched the movie The Age of Stupid.

It is a movie I wanted to see but had put off because I thought it would depress me and I thought I probably wasn't the target audience.

I was right - mostly.

Thinking about it, I don't know how you would get the people who should see it to watch it.

It occurred to me that the aging population, which is itself quite a separate debate, directly feeds into the whole climate change problem.

My thinking goes like this...

1) The older people get the less they worry about things perceived to be "outside their lifetime" in the future.

2) As the majority of the human population gets older this future blindness becomes more profound.

3) With climate change well and truly in the "outside of their lifetime" category*, it seems an ever growing majority of the population will tend to do nothing about it.

It has been stupidly suggested (note the nice link here) that the aging population "problem" can be rectified by...wait for it...having more children now.

So, with humans being the fundamental problem, it is suggested that more of us will solve the problem? Really? FFS! No!

It also occurred to me that every generation seems to have faced their own "end of the world" scenario.

When I was a kid I was scared shitless by the potential for a 3rd world war...a nuclear war.

AIDS was supposed to wipe us out at one stage.

Before that there was an actual world war or two. Before that there were plagues and other wars and other disasters.

On and on it goes.

Scientists too have a habit of getting things very wrong and kicking off some major stuff ups in the name of "fixing things". Cane Toads leap to mind (no pun intended). Nuclear power too was supposed to be some sort of saviour for the planet.

Bloody hell, any superficial analysis of humanity as a whole will reveal our past as primarily being mistakes.

All this does is numb us to the likelihood of the Global Warming "scare" being real...and don't think that card is being played hard by the ignorant.

What's my opinion?
Global warming can't be ignored, but it will be and I think humanity will have a whole swag of crap to worry about in another 25 to 50 years time. It's what we do.

* not that it IS necessarily going to happen outside their lifetime, that is just their convenient perception.

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