Mother Jones has a article on our new weather extremes: Get Used To New Weather Extremes
Most sites and sources are still playing catch-up to what I’ve been saying for several years. The climate trends can only go in one direction. The new “normals” will now and forever be “extremes”. You just can’t ignore all the heat energy being built up, it’s got to go somewhere.
The Norway tragedy is disturbing. This is another extreme of the social variety. The message the executioner hoped to convey will be drowned out in the bloodshed he caused. His extremism will eventually be realized also as a new “normal”. The direction of society collapsing is just as clear as is the direction of the climate collapsing.
Our common-man’s lexicon will eventually embrace these new realities as the new normals. The truth is that we already have, as we continue to define our actions for war, nation-building and the collapse of societies as normal events we had all better all get used to.
Nobody is really admitting yet to what this means. Death marches on our horizons, coming closer everyday. Much of the world continues to hope for a return to the old normal, where acceptable levels of war, starvation, violence, injustice and intolerance are allowed. What we had long become used to, a comfort zone that defined us as to who we really are.
But things are changing, again as the world turns more and more against itself, this time with forces much bigger then just humanity going insane and self-destructing.
I recommend everyone read War Is A Force That Give Us Meaning, by Chris Hedges.
This book reveals the false ideology that we are so quick to embrace, whether American, Serbian, Muslim, and then conveniently “forget” when it suits us. But not before we have left a trail of tragedy and bloodshed behind.
Hedges is becoming one of my favorite authors. I’ve just finished his book “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America”. Anyone interested in knowing what may lay ahead for American politics and the country should also read this work.
The point I’m trying to make here is that these new extremes are being widely embraced by millions of people, who are repeating the same mistakes of the past. They are absolutely convinced that they are offering the world something new and essential. But they are quite wrong.
The other point I have long tried to make is that humans the world over are being pushed into extremes. The consequences which will be and are quite catastrophic. There will be no bystanders, no innocents, no exemptions either. Everyone worldwide is going to participate in these new extremes whether we like it or not.
Most Americans are going to choose to bury their collective heads in the sands (again) and go on pretending that this isn’t happening. There is little that can be done about that except keep preaching reality.
We are not going to get any leadership out of Washington or even the majority of our institutions to help us through this time period (especially the media). If anything, they will warp the stage to their own effect and self-serving interests. Therefore, you alone are going to be entirely responsible for achieving a balance of truth and understanding.
We’re going to live through an era of tragedies. Or try to. It is much too soon to tell what will remain “afterwards”. It will definitely NOT be what we have today or even resemble what we had before. Human inertia is just as unstoppable as is climate, these are not easily stopped or redirected because we suddenly and magically change overnight somehow.
For humans, we burn ourselves out, purging our hatreds, ideologies and mythical beliefs upon the altars of blood, singly or within entire groups or nations.
Unfortunately, that is how it has always turned out. It’s as if we can never learn, and quite frankly, perhaps we can’t.