21 May '11, 10pm

Why Are We Fascinated with Short-term Destruction & Fear (i.e. Volcanoes, Rapture) but Oblivious to Long-term Harms...

Why Are We Fascinated with Short-term Destruction & Fear (i.e. Volcanoes, Rapture) but Oblivious to Long-term Harms...

We are fascinated by what is new and what is happening now, and while global warming is happening now and we are seeing the effects now, the core issue is rather ‘old’ (relatively speaking) and thus like a 1990′s cell phone to many of us. We are not very good at long-term thinking, planning, and action I’d say. We take for granted its importance. This is true on a societal level and on a personal level as well for the large majority of us. Furthermore, the feelings of hopelessness most people have (who understand the climatic situation) is one that pushes people towards inaction. We CAN work together to stop catastrophic climate change, but because many people don’t believe that, they give up before giving it a try and try to avoid the topic altogether. We are visual species. Sight is very important to humans and visual events like volcanoes erupting (or imaginary visual e...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2011/05/22/why-are-we-fascinated-by...

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