It's Earth Day, everyone! The day where we get told about how awful technology, innovation, and our western civilization, and heck, humanity in general is! Where we're going to be subject to long speeches about "Sustainability", meaning that we should all cut down on our carbon consumption, eat less meat, give up our cars, turn back the clocks, ration food and water, and wait it out in the Cave until the species dies out.
And live off Okra for as long as we can, until it stops growing.
Yeah, Interstellar. Some people seem to think its an "environmentalist" movie. It's not. It's actually very specifically a movie about the MASSIVE FAIL of the modern Politicized-Environmentalist movement. It is a movement that despises the very civilization that can provide solutions for the problems they claim to worry about, but they'd rather have the solution of forcing our civilization backward into a more primitive state and just use less. And if that means forcible rationing, or forcing people to be farmers, or five billion people needing to be 'gotten rid of' to make the Sustainability-Equation work, well, so be it. For "Mother Earth".
This image has been floating around all day in the G+:
To which I answer: "This is the only home we have? Just You Fucking Wait."
I will not be scaremongered into giving up on humanity's future. I know that innovation, that enterprise, that technology and science and the principles of western civilization are the potential ANSWER to those very real problems of environmental harm and resource-management. We can NEVER "cut back" enough to make it work, and why the fuck would we?! So we as a species can farm in some pre-industrial hippie dystopia while we wait out the next meteor strike or super-volcano?
The SOLUTION? GMO foods. Thorium Nuclear Reactors. Yes, also vastly improved solar technology. Helium 3 from the moon. 3-D printers. AI. Going into space and "Imperialist"-ing the living fuck out of it.
And shitloads of stuff no one has even thought of yet, but yes, thinking. Actually bothering to look for innovative solutions rather than just wanting to use environmental dangers as an excuse to impose a Collectivist Autocracy and force everyone to become less, and humanity to stunt itself.
My two favorite quotes from that movie:
"It's like we've forgotten who we are. We're explorers, pioneers, not 'caretakers'".
""We used to look up and wonder at our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry at our place in the dirt".
That's the future, for "Sustainability". That's why I'm not interested.
Sorry, I'm not planning on sitting around worrying about my place in the dirt. Humanity has places to go.
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