Thursday, August 30, 2007

We Are Nature Incarnate

Howard Bloom makes for an exciting read, he's the War Nerd of evolutionary biology. I was recently mailed this article by one of his assistants, it's notable because it has hope! Bloom is not the one to shy away from making controversial statements, exposing the deepest motives that drive us, promoting the hell out of himself. I recommend you skip the first question entirely.

This interview had several rationalisations that made me balk, at first: How far down the road are we regarding Global Warming. How urgent is the situation in your view?

I’m a skeptic about global warming.

Before you go what the fuck, hear him out. He's got a point.

In the last 120,000 years, there’ve been 20 global warmings in which temperature has shot up between 10 and 18 degrees in a decade. None of these catastrophes were caused by man. None were caused by industrial pollutants, automobile emissions, or human consumerist excess. The message? Forget about sacrificing to mother nature so she will make the earth a garden of Eden. Mother Nature, to quote a chapter title of one of my books, The Lucifer Principle, is a “bloody bitch”. She exults in creativity.

To me our fixation on apocalypse, our fixation on global warming, is a sign that we are slipping into a new dark age. Cultures that look up move up. Cultures that look down sink and die. The Global Warming fixation is our way of looking down, very far down indeed. We feel that we have sinned and must sacrifice, that we must atone. Our sin is the rape of the earth. Our atonement is the self-denial we call “conservation” and “sustainability”.

No matter how much we curb our gaseous carbon excretion, future planet-wide climate catastrophe is inevitable. It will not be a product of our sin. It will be a product of nature. And we must ready ourselves to outwit and harvest disaster… or we simply won’t survive. What do you think are the most promising alternative sources of energy short term?

Biofuels. Cellulosic ethanol—alcohol made from the bark of trees, from woodchips, from saw grass, and from other “waste materials”. But the real jackpot is in the ultimate toxic waste—human shit. We produce excrement in massive quantities. And that excrement is already gathered in central points, waste treatment plants. Then there’s the pig shit polluting many a river in the midwest. This stuff is biomass, man. It’s fuel and energy waiting to be made. Remember the lesson from Reperceiving Leadership—turn garbage into gold.

1 comment:

Danielle said...

"...Hear him out. He's got a point."

A very refreshing mindset I have to say.

I used to put a lot of stock into the (man made) Global Warming theory, because it resonated with a certain black view I have of where our culture is going.

But Bloom eloquently puts a bit of perspective on the current debate.

Plus upon delving more into the science behind the uproar, and leaving the rhetoric behind, the AGW theory doesn't swing much weight. In fact it seems to be taking attention away from environmental matters (like deforestation and pollution) of much more urgent concern.

I know for many it seems like the most selfish sort of 'rationalization' to be skeptical about such things as the global warming theory. But at least I can explain my position without the common tactic of resorting to emotional invectives, and I go by sources that seem sound to me, though I don't have a scientific background I admit. But from the outside looking in, I fit the profile of a typical global warming 'believer' (as they say). The sheer hostility I'm met with voicing my concerns while amoung my friends (as though I am a wolf in sheep's clothes) has been eye opening.