Hello, and welcome to a new series where we display the true heart of the liberal creed: self-hate. While I’m certainly not conservative, I’m also not liberal; I more or less exist outside of that false dichotomy, and it allows me to look at both liberals and conservatives in somewhat bemused horror. So today we’re going to be looking at what constitutes liberalism–self-hate. It’s rather fascinating, and I hope you enjoy these comments I’ve selected from across the Internet.
Mmm, the self-hate is strong in this one. “I am the deadly virus that is killing the Earth.” I’m not aware of a statement that could possibly demonstrate more self-loathing than this one. It’s worth pointing out to this angst-ridden Emo millennial that we did not, in fact, make this, and that we had very little role in shaping this mess. I will not take responsibility for what my ancestors did, or what people in power were doing around the time that I was born. It would also be worth reminding this self-hating faggot that we are not, in fact, “killing the Earth.” The Earth will be around for billions of years to come, and this person should step down from their high horse–we do not have the power to destroy the planet. We can make it uninhabitable to humans–or at least exceedingly difficult for humans to inhabit–for a few centuries, but… trees will fast reconquer the planet since there will be Tree Food everywhere in the atmosphere and no humans to chop them down. This is a problem that will fix itself.
The Earth is nowhere near dead, dude. Even humans aren’t anywhere near dead. While the latest scientific research (that which is actually credible, not doctored, and not set by a political agenda) suggests we’ll see enormous population declines around 2050, we almost certainly won’t go extinct. Since you’re so intent on calling humans a virus, I’d remind you that nature itself is the immune system, and it’s pretty evident that it’s gearing up.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reading books about agriculture, water purification, and surviving. There seems to be pretty unanimous agreement that humans aren’t going to change their behavior–what can I say? It’s those same natural processes in action. Stubborness in the face of doom is probably a trait that needs to be weeded out through natural selection. If you stand there crying “Oh, woe is me!” as we run out of drinking water, then you probably deserve to go out with the dodo.
So maybe some self-flaggelation is in order.
I actually don’t disagree with what Gunny1 has to say about how nature will fix this problem all by itself, because it will. I simply am amused that such a large part of her comment is dedicated to self-hatred. I’d remind Gunny1 that this makes her a pollutant, as well, but she seems aware of that, hence the term “we.” And that, of course, makes this self-loathing.
Well, shit. That’s not even self-flaggelation. It’s just insane. Forcibly remove people from their HOMES? Charge people $10,000 to visit the Great Barrier Reef? If the world is worried about it, then the world should have to pay–this includes, of course, the people of Australia? You seem to suggest this is everyone else’s problem.
Look, I don’t know the situation with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. I’m not claiming to–I don’t know anything about. I’ve read that it’s dying, I’ve read that it’s not dying, and it comes back to that problem that nearly every issue humanity faces has: it’s been politicized to the extent that it’s impossible to find out what the truth actually is. We know that people on the right cover up information, doctor evidence, and lie. But we also know that people on the left cover up information, doctor evidence, and lie.
As it happens, that was my official position on climate change for years: I was undecided. Like the Holocaust, propaganda had been mixed with reality to such a degree that finding the truth was impossible. Then a series of NASA photos showing Before and After images made it indisputable that humans could, in fact, have massive consequences on the environment. This doesn’t mean that I think humans are causing climate change–I really don’t give a shit, to be honest.
I mean, it’s just reality. If humans are causing the climate change by thriving, and in so doing create the circumstances where it is impossible for humans to thrive, then the problem will fix itself. In the grand scheme of things, I don’t care if the Great Barrier Reef of Australia survives the process, or if the new Great Barrier Reef of California that forms because of the process survives. Whatever natural wonders there are now, there will be natural wonders after. They’ll just be different. And I really don’t see any point in trying to qualitatively label one as better than another. What I’m saying is–sure, humans left an ugly fucking hole in the ground in Egypt, but we built the beautiful Great Pyramid in doing so.
Life will go on. If nothing else, it will merely be a purge of the stubborn people.
I’m just gonna do my thing and let nature do its thing. And if I can work within nature’s rules, then I’ll be fine. If you can’t… I’m sorry to see you go, but it’s not like it was hard to figure out nature’s rules. Rule 1) Survive. Rule 2) Don’t die. Rule 3) See Rule 1.
As a free bonus, this almost seems like a conservative response, doesn’t it? “Don’t blame big businesses! Don’t blame corporations! Blame the little people!”
Right, because my throwing a fucking coke can down on the side of the road has absolutely the same consequence as Exxon spilling a shitload of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. My little coke can is every bit as much of the problem as the run-off from factories polluting rivers.
Look, I’m all for businesses doing whatever the fucking hell they want. Again, I really don’t give a shit. The problem, as always, will fix itself. If we support a company that pollutes our fresh drinking water, then we’ll die and the company will stop existing, won’t it? Harsh words, but… that’s just reality. Dressing it up isn’t going to change it–that’s the way the universe works. If you poison yourself, you die. And sure, this is going to have the side effect of killing people who were against the pollution, but the universe isn’t perfect or fair–and you can’t make it fair through legislation. You can’t use laws to make the universe fair.
It’s the responsibility of consumers to not support the polluting assholes by not buying their products. Throwing out a coke can isn’t going to destroy the environment, but buying the products of a company that is destroying the environment will. I’m not disputing that. However, the difference is that you can’t use the state to absolve yourself of responsibility. It is your responsibility to not buy from such companies. It is not your prerogative to elect a state with the responsibility of doing that. You cannot delegate your responsibilities to another.
And, obviously, these people are talking about the equivalent of people throwing out coke cans. My carbon footprint? Dude, really? Fuck my carbon footprint. All of the automobiles in the United States aren’t putting out nearly as much carbon as the factories in a single U.S. state. You can drive a Humvee every day, 24 hours a day, and after a year you won’t have come close to the amount of pollution and carbon put out by a single factor in one day of operation. You can shoulder the personal blame for the rise of carbon if you want, which is just self-hate again, but I’m not going to bear the responsibility for something that factories do.
And yeah, I’m gonna be punished by things those factories do. Sure, I get electricity from them anyway, but that’s a failure of government interventionism in the economy curtailing competition. I’ve also taken steps to safeguard myself from the consequences. Every gallon of milk I purchase gets filled with water and stored somewhere–the evidence is almost incontrovertible that by 2050 there will be extraordinary drinking water shortages in the U.S. I’ve got enough water to last me two years, and I’ve got another 30 years to save it up. You worry about your carbon footprint if you want, bruh.
To be totally honest, at this point I’m more or less just sitting back and getting ready to watch the fireworks–they’re going to be something to see. And there’s not a fucking thing I can do to stop any of it, so I feel no guilt whatsoever about sitting back and watching it get flushed down the drain by a cruel natural process that doesn’t give a shit about your laws or personal feelings.
There’s nothing to do at this point but learn to swim. The Promiscuous Gene assures that we’re going to have totally ineffective anti-biotics in just a few more generations. Assuming we don’t fuck off and engineer a super-virus between now and then, we’re going to be out of drinking water by 2050, and people will start dropping like flies. Nations will declare war against one another for drinking water, the United States will conquer Canada (it’s gonna happen…). The writing is on the wall. Deforestation continues in an age where we need to allow trees to thrive, but we can’t have that because we need the farmland because there are seven fucking billion of us. It is over, dude. The jury has rendered their verdict, and the only thing now is for the judge to hand down the sentence.
Learn to swim. I’ll see you down in Arizona Bay.