The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

 

    • Equates carbon footprint to Original Sin; “the gaseous equivalent…of the stain that we inflict on Mother Gaia by the simple fact of being present and breathing”
      • following the idea that the actions of one contribute to the construction of our “collective coffin”

Ecologism: an ideology in rejection of socialism and capitalism; each organism is seen in equal value to another in order to maintain the balance of interconnected relationships

      • Connections with Globalization, the realizing of limits
      • Western self-loathing; “exasperated by our own proliferation”
      • Ecologism is in direct conflict with…

Catastrophism: “the anticipated remorse of the future: the meaning of history having evaporated, every change is a potential collapse that augers nothing good.”

focus on damages and ensuing guilt rather than solution, accusation

  • Idea of political materialism as an act of waging war against the planet
  • “We are behaving like parasites that destroy their host by invading it”
  • The more technology we depend on, the less control we have of our own futures
  • We treat our Earth’s resources like credit bank
  • mass male sterility by 2060
  • As more people own cars “the car is increasingly immobilizing itself.”
  • “collective repulsion” people throw themselves into the hands of a third party
  • Equates apocalyptic religion to terrorist regimes
  • “Selfish concern about one’s own comfort can be just as lethal as premeditated murder.” “the Western standard of living is not moral.”
  • Ellen Goodman compares global warming deniers to Holocaust deniers
  • cultural vs. anthropological pessimism
    • “It could be that ecology, as a discourse, seeks not so much to save us from the end of the world as to precipitate it. It is both the agent and the vehicle of our death wish.”
    • Constant exposure to catastrophic media on a global scale makes us extremely self-centered around the concept of our demise. Instead of making moves to reverse it, we wallow in the self-destructive pity, as if we are children of the apocalypse. It is possible that the perspective expansion of globalization is not something we can psychologically handle as humans? With so many unregulated companies and groups damaging the earth under the pretenses of limitless capitalism, how can we collectively process and combat this? Have we created a reality beyond the scope of our psychological capacities? Is the ability to adjust a matter of adaptation or evolution? Industrialization occurred so rapidly that people could not psychologically process it upon entering the 20th century. Is it possible that one hundred years later we are in the same position, but instead of accepting technology, we must accept the fate of technological consequence? Ironically, the catastrophes in focus today are born from the technology that our great, great grandparents struggled to comprehend.
  • “It is time for an ecology of accusation to replace an ecology of admiration”
  • “We need trailblazers and stimulators, not killjoys disguised as prophets.”

 

 

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