You are living in a stranger world than you think you are.
And history hasn’t stopped. Not in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. Not when Obama was elected in 2008. Not when Osama bin Laden was killed in the slow-motion aftermath of 9/11. Obvious? OK.
No further proof required? OK again.
Nonetheless, there is further proof, both that the world is far more bizarre than you want to believe it is and that history is happening this very instant in a very significant way.
As happens with historic events, most people are missing the meaning of the event as it happens in real time. That was true when Jesus of Nazareth was pulled from the cross (just another criminal’s body to be disposed of), and it was true when Adolf Hitler, new chancellor of Germany, ordered the sterilization of mental defectives in 1933.
What, you’re asking, could have happened to rival momentous events in history like these? It is simply the publication of an academic paper that presages the death of science, and indeed the death of reason, in the West.
Its authors are respected Ph.D.’s – one in the U.S. and two in the U.K. Their paper, under a cloak of altruism, suggests a variety of profoundly immoral responses to manmade climate change. The lead author, S. Matthew Liao,
an ethicist at New York University, has absolutely no idea that he is either immoral or out of his mind. He is clearly both. And New York University would do well to show him the door, which, if either science or reason were prospering in any sort of serious way in our age, is exactly what it would do.
Liao presupposes that climate is changing in negative ways and that mankind is the cause. How a return to temperatures already seen more than once even during the beautiful climactic nest in which we live, the Holocene interglacial, spells disaster is unclear. How responding to the imaginary problem with “biomedical modifications” to human beings is – have I hinted at this already? – beyond the pale.
Liao suggests all of the following: putting medicinal patches on people so that when they ingest meat it will make them so violently ill that they will never desire it again; genetically modifying embryos to give rise to smaller fully grown adults, with smaller carbon footprints; giving people drugs to make it more likely for them to be environmentalists; and using genetic engineering to replace human eyes with cat eyes, because less electricity would be needed for light.
Does Dr. Liao know that our interglacial is the coolest of the last five interglacials? Does he know that forest bordered the Arctic ocean in Siberia 7,000 years ago – on terrain that today is tundra? Does he know that sea level has been on a roller coaster ever since water has been on Earth? But, given that, does he know that sea level has barely risen in the last hundred years? That Venice is still a nice place to visit? That not a single dock has had to be retooled at a single port around the world due to rising sea level?
Admission: I kind of don’t care what he knows. His effort to change history, whatever the motivation or lack of underlying knowledge, cannot be abided. If the rush to annihilate science and reason continues for another human generation, as appears likely, you will not be able to say that you did not see the signs. You will not be able to say that you did not understand what was happening. You saw and you knew.
And so did I.