I’ve written a few blogs lately but not published them. I didn’t like them enough. Too depressing.
I am not depressed myself, mind you. Not really. I don’t think so, anyway. If I am, I blame Al Gore. I am pretty much done his book The Future and, to summarize it, there doesn’t seem to be one. We are not heading for a hell-hole, we are already in one and in a state of free-fall. The only bright spot is that we cannot yet see the bottom. But it is coming up fast. It is hard to write a fun blog about a more natural life when Al has described the currently running and accelerating apocalypse.
Seems mankind is both homicidal and suicidal. Nature is pretty much dead. And we are doomed. Each of his books should come with a Cyanide pill attached to the jacket.
I won’t bore you with all the ways in which we are to suffer, mutate and die. Suffice it to say that we’ll eat Monsanto, live by way of drugs and prosthetics and cook in the advancing deserts as we try to gun down the poor folks from the South. Oh yeah……and the rich will get richer (as if that matters a whit).
The problem with his doomsday vision is that the damn thing is so well researched and the prophesies (more like dire warnings) are so well written. It is hard not believe what he has to say. I told my neighbour (a lapsed Catholic) that I was going to join the church.
“What in God’s name for?” (I don’t think he heard the irony in that question)
“Well, I used to think the church was stuck in the past, had a closed mind and lied to the masses. I still think that but now that seems like a better route to follow. According to Gore, the past is way better than now and way, way better than the future. Seems opening our collective mind is akin to opening Pandora’s box – and it is ugly, dark and greedy in there. And so I am thinking the lies about winged-cherubs and harp-playing in the clouds are better. Where do I sign up?”
I am glad I have almost waded through Al’s tome of tombs. I’ll take a bit of time to heal and then try to put it out of my mind. Life by way of denial seems to work for a lot of people. I’m going to give that a try. If he is wrong, I’ll be fine. If he is right, the climate, nanobots, epidemics and snipers should take care of me in short order. What’s to worry about?