One of the most annoying contemporary forms of overweening obfuscation is Collapsarianism. Yes, the planet is warming because of human actions and inactions -- and human institutions seem incompetent to respond. Yes, our species is killing off other species (mostly inadvertently) at an astonishing rate -- we may be on our way killing ourselves off. But human and humane responses are possible if we are true to our better selves. Wallowing in despair while contemplating collapse is simply self-indulgence masquerading as sophistication.
With that introduction, I give you excerpts from Miriam Markowitz, deputy literary editor of The Nation magazine, from a graduation speech of all things (!) to the "Independent Concentrators" of Brown University last month.
Go read it all! There's much more. And I think Markowitz might understand why I brought up our imagined 8 year old leader.