This week’s reading on “The Vanishing” article by Malcolm Gladwell was super interesting! What I got from the article is that our values and our biological survival don’t necessarily correlate and well, it creates almost a dark tone about where we as a race are currently heading.
As one who likes to contemplate “the end” a lot, I found this article darker. believe it or not, to other concepts of “the end” in other stories or ideas. Taking the ideas of the “end of the world” in the Sci-Fi show, “Doctor Who” and even some ideas my friends had, the end of the world I’ve heard is always a “nothingness”. Barren, empty, and simply put, silent – and since no one can remember things after death, “the end” is meaningless. But this article almost puts into perspective, the idea that there WAS life here, the idea that people STRUGGLED to survive. The quote from the article that said, “They commit suicide: they slit their wrists and then, in the course of many decades, stand by passively and watch themselves bleed to death,” really stuck because this is so relevant to the now especially as our environmental issues are becoming more and more prevalent. The article even goes to mention certain laws that were passed in Oregon itself, and it just makes me realize that the end might be nearer than I thought. We constantly hear that “the world will end by 20XX in that the effects will be irreversible” and it never really registers that the “end” is actually nearing us.
How far are we going to go until we as a people wake up? How long until people will start believing? What I really don’t understand is, even if climate change isn’t real, why is it so terrible that we treat the environment better? Oh right, “values”.