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Response to Swede Atlanta (Reply #13)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:24 PM

14. Perfectly stated.

Some of my recent posts have been saying just what you did. One reply was that we will continue doing what we're doing until we can't.

I'm infuriated by the feeble and flagrant use of fuel, as though it were a right and not what it is- a pure luxury.

Until there are incontrovertible symptoms, people will continue to deny there is a problem, and to carry on with their stupidity. The vacations, multiple trips to stores, having children (which is the real source of the situation we're in), buying things that are made on other continents. It's a dangerous subject because it indicts and threatens almost everyone in the modern world.

I can only guess what will happen. I suppose people are much smarter than it sounds like I give them credit. But judging from present behavior, it's hard to imagine that they are vigilant and responsible enough to thwart making a bigger mess than we've already made.

One of the problems is what I call the "Just me" problem. How can someone's little act of driving to the store be a problem. The problem is that it gets multiplied by a billion. It's no longer a world of "me". It's a world of "we". And that is what people don't see. By dropping population, the pressure decreases. But that seems to be such an extreme concept for people. I guess the nesting instinct is more powerful than the instinct to survive. Maybe it's a contest between the two.

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