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Amused in the Time of Coronavirus

Mother Nature punishes mankind with the coronavirus. People overpopulate the earth, over-consume its resources, bring about climate change and all sorts of other problems to the planet. A powerful Mother Nature uses unseen weapons to cull the meat/machine creations that destroy earth.

That is the topic of my last blogpost. Another blog, News on Climate Change, liked my virus post.  A smaller human/machine population is necessary to alleviate the effects of climate change. Perhaps climate change believers see an upside to a human-killer virus.

I remember another point of view that tried to explain the reason human beings suffer pain and death. During the start of the AIDS epidemic, Jerry Falwell claimed that God was punishing homosexuals and a society that tolerates homosexuality by letting this other disease loose upon the earth.

Human sensibilities, on one side or the other, cry the error of wrong-headed thinking.

Historically people look for the source of personal or collective sufferings. That source must be appeased before suffering can end. Somehow we must have offended the Powers-That-Be by the evil that we do.

What if reasoning in this way is an illusion? Pain and pleasure may have no connection to our actions, our very being. Mother Nature or the gods may have no interest in the human sphere. We may live in an unfathomable, random cause and effect universe. A virus kills today and stops killing tomorrow. Is anyone listening to our renunciations?

Tough Love

So fragile, passive.

No — resilient mother.

Voracious appetite for her teat.

Choose unseen weapons.

Meat-machine creations, to be culled.

Did Malthus dream this?

Glum and Glummer

The truth or falsity of climate change is irrelevant. Ask the question, “Will green energy sources be able to maintain the human/machine bond?”

Solar and wind power may not be sufficient to save us. The safer, more efficient nuclear power plants may not be built fast enough to rescue us from the disaster to come in ten years or even a few hundred years from now.

Nonetheless, green energy does not come without danger. The production of any power source requires industrial pollutants. The dismantling of even green power sources will never be a zero-emission game.

To sever man from machine now will be met with resistance and increases in human morbidity. To turn down a degree increase in global temperature, to stop fossil-fuel pollution, to lighten the load of garbage in landfills and oceans; all this may never be addressed without a drastic cut in human population growth and the corresponding love and need for machinery.

Zero Population Growth is important to the Green New Deal; Negative Population Growth might be essential. New laws to enforce NPG may be necessary and horrifying.

Our economy depends on consumerism. To consume things both necessary for human life and superfluous to human survival. Yes, Tiffany and Gucci must go. But travel to a modest family cabin or the cheap, throw away clothing purchases of teenage girls must become a thing of the past. A destroyed economy is a Green future.

Pain to the right of us, pain to the left of us, caught in the middle again.