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on April 16, 2000
Not just pessimism -- utter hopelessness.
Reg Morrison's view is that you and I are plague animals, an infestation on the earth. If you have any hope for humanity, any at all, then clearly you don't "get it." You must be disabused of hope -- to see hope only as a genetic mechanism that will serve to delay recognition of ecological disaster until our self-made mousetrap is inevitably sprung. Thomas Malthus was a prophet, and modern agriculture's green revolution only an insignificant pause on the road to our destiny of overpopulation and catastrophic megadeath. We have maybe 50 years.
You'll find a photograph of New York City's skyline with this caption: "New York, New York. This prodigious accumulation of biological deposits on the banks of the Hudson River appears to echo the monolithic uniformity of the Shark Bay stromatolites, yet it incorporates an unprecedented variety of waste materials." If you agree with Morrison's logic, this will be your only reasonable perspective of NYC, or of your own home.
What you won't find is a discussion of counter evidence -- of the aging population in the world's developed countries -- aging because births are well below replacement level.
Nor will you find a discussion of actions that might be taken to make a better world. Any such actions, you see, would suggest that there is hope -- and there can be no hope, not if you "get it."
Provocative. But hopelessly wrong.
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