07 May '12, 11pm

‘Hug the monster’: Downplaying the climate threat won’t work as a survival strategy

‘Hug the monster’: Downplaying the climate threat won’t work as a survival strategy

Nowhere in the book does Sherwood mention climate change, but here’s a passage from the end of that chapter that struck this reporter for its relevance to the increasingly public questions about how our global civilization will deal with the advance of global warming: Fear as a Security System — When Properly Used (Air Force Mantra) “Without a doubt, fear is the most ancient, efficient, and effective security system in the world. Over many thousands of years, our magnificently wired brains have sensed, reacted, and then acted upon every imaginable threat. Practically speaking, when you manage fear, your chances improve in almost every situation. But if your alarms go haywire, your odds plummet.” He concludes: “For survival then, here’s the bottom line. If you’re scared out of your mind, try to remember this Air Force mantra: Hug the monster . Wrap your arms around fear, wr...

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