Guest Post, Miracle or Terror?

Paul has never posted a comment as a separate page, to his webpage (dk). He thought this one by Greg had particular merit, so we appropriately create a section for it, so it can be shared in full, unedited or truncated.  I phoned the author, to do due diligence, and found a real person, with a good heart and a clear, nimble mind who gets it.  The article in full continues here:

The Miracle of The Moment/The Terror of The Now, By Greg Robie, in reply to E. Gadsby’s comment, here.

About the author: Greg Robie has learned enough from a generation worth of failures to effect social change to author this guest post and write this lament, Poet’s Lament.  He currently monitors abrupt climate change–and pursues a distracting homeostasis–by attempting brook trout aquaculture on a seasonally dry hillside in the Hudson River Valley.

This is the start of his fourth year of beating the odds. Due to El Niño’s lingering effect this year, and even with some of the trout breeding last fall, it may also be his first failure with this inane experiment.  He tends to be a realist…i.e. a glass-half-empty guy. In part this is because he is a guy and, as a guy, predilected to be addicted to fixing impossible problems…which, therefore, need to be made visible! He’s assembled a website of questions, insights, and efforts, at Open To Info.
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‘The purpose of this guest post is to share a metaphor that may help in thinking about what abrupt climate change constitutes. It also intends to offer a framework for evaluating strategic thinking regarding abrupt climate change.. I feel that fully grasping abrupt climate change requires an unflinching view of the nature of the social construct that has us, referencing lyrics from a song by The Who, hypnotized; unable to grasp the lie; fooled again and fools.

All human civilizations have collapsed. To assume this one won’t is to not learn from history…but, rather, repeat it. Historically, civilizations have been perceived as geo-political. By that definition, what is currently flash-frozen in its collapse, because it is global in nature, is more than a civilization. Waking up to this difference, and defining what it is that has effected the Anthropocene and abrupt climate change, is integral to avoiding pursuing ‘solutions’ that are really just doing the same thing–again–while expecting the results to be different; being fooled and fools. So, if you’ve the inclination, and yet possess an attention span for wading through ~3000 words and these links, some facts and the metaphor‘.  Continues at link, in elaboration.

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60,200 views to the webpage since about November (5,700 for less than half of this month), and Paul’s YouTube Channel of now 115+ videos will hit 300,000 views by the end of this week. That was 163k in September, so that’s 137k realized in six and-one-half months. Headed to million jubilee by next spring, dk.


About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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