Humans have come such a long way in such a brief time that our imaginations are irretrievably mired in the past

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They are trapped on the western frontier or in the last great war

Humans have come such a long way in such a brief time that our imaginations are irretrievably mired in the past. Perhaps, as seems to be the case with many American neoconservatives, they are trapped on the western frontier or in the last great war. For others they reside in a now obsolete national identities or ideologies. And because our imaginations still dwell in these vanished landscapes, our response to the threat of climate change can seem nonsensical. It is this fact, I think, that has prompted some conservatives to ignore the threat of climate change, while at the same time so jealously protecting our “freedom.”

by Tim F. Flannery (born 28 January 1956)
from The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth (2001)
chapter – 2084: The Carbon Dictatorship?
image – Drown

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2 Responses to “Humans have come such a long way in such a brief time that our imaginations are irretrievably mired in the past”

  1. Bobby L. Says:

    I agree with most of wat you say, however, our “freedom” is what allowed you to write this.

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    Bobby, I don’t see a contradiction between freedom of speech and paying attention to climate change. Do you think that the writer (Tim Flannery) does?