No Worries At Armageddon

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Our society is certifiably bonkers. I’ve got proof positive.

Exhibits A-Z: On October 8, 2018, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a disturbing report announcing a planetary red alert. Temperatures will reach “the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius … above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030” (or so says CNN — see other news outlets if you don’t like that network; they said the same thing — or read the full report). That’s as bad as it gets, about on par with a 14th-century physician broadcasting warnings of the Black Death.

News organizations gave the report above-the-fold coverage, to be sure, but then retreated to their analysis of the latest tweet barrage. The IPCC filing shrunk into another news item on a busy day. That’s crazy. Think of a hypothetical November 1941 radio announcer: “An ocean liner just spotted a Japanese fleet steaming toward Pearl Harbor. In other news …” Or the black-and-white image of Walter Cronkite in 1962: “The Kennedy Administration thinks thermonuclear war is a strong possibility in the growing Cuban Missile crisis. Meanwhile, the Nielsen company gave high ratings to Lucille Ball. Our reporter, Roger Mudd, is on a fact-finding mission to find our why so many people are watching Lucy …”

No problems on the Titanic today except for those messy deck chairs.

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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