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1 Justanotherhuman  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 3:20:30am

I hope this gets front-paged, FT. I’m 73 and I have seen the changes in my lifetime, subtle over all those years, but real, nonetheless. Since the early 70s, when I first became aware of the damage our demand culture was having on the planet, I’ve believed it could only get worse—both the cause and effect.

Everything else—politics, economics, what I had for dinner yesterday—take a backseat to what we don’t yet know and should. That’s why I put my trust in the scientists who are making this their life’s work, and not those who deny it out of greed and sad self-interest.

What will we leave to future generations? We’re already seeing a great deal of it in climate change, and in the worsening economic and political conditions of people everywhere on planet.

ETA: I’m a pretty conservative person regarding consumption and the use of money in my personal life. My values probably seem a bit “old-fashioned” to some because of my own frugality, born out of a lifetime of having little materially. But, to me, a house (or apt or yert or mud hut or wherever one lives) should be a home, should be comfortable and secure, not necessarily something elaborate for the neighbors to ooh and ahh over and with which to preen, and that goes for every possession. I’ve always felt small was better: in homes, cars, whatever. I don’t think that outlook is incompatible with my liberal views on people, on everyone having the same rights, opportunities and demanding the same respect, no matter where they come from, their sex, their race, their nationality, no matter who they love. Everyone can contribute to, everyone can participate in society, but I think we lose that when we try to elevate ourselves above others too much and lose basic respect for them.

I may have what some consider a naive view of life, but it has served me well all these years and I’m still standing.

2 Skip Intro  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 10:17:38am

Well, as one of the Kings of Konservatism wrote last week, this isn’t “settled science” so it needs to be balanced by the opinions of veterinarians, medical doctors, and dentists, because their feelings about climate change are every bit as valid as the scientific evidence provided by those who actually study such things.


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