i still owe a response to my climate post, which will be coming soon. For now, and perhaps at an appropriate time, i will leave you all with a quote from Bertrand Russell that sums up my ultimate feelings on climate change, world peace and humanity. I suspect many of you will find it sad or negative, I'm an optimist, but also a realist. I am not a humanist either. I am on many levels, but I don't like this assumption of human greatness over nature, and that is where all the problems started, and where nature's solution will come from. One planet that we know of in an increasingly well mapped universe that supports 'intelligent life'. We have been on it during the tiniest of timeframes, unwitting blink in the time of the cosmos. Yet we are determined to destroy this incredible, beautiful, improbably perfect planet. Maybe the next geological age will restore us back to our likely position as a wondrous, but violent and rapacious special perturbation during one of the world's brief warm spells.

"After ages during which the earth produced harmless trilobites and butterflies, evolution progressed to the point at which it has generated Neros, Genghis Khans, and Hitlers. This however, I believe is a passing nightmare; in time the earth will become again incapable of supporting life, and peace will return."

Bertrand Russell (quote taken from Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival).

 

and one from me:

 

As i gaze on at the burning sun

With it’s crown of corona,

It seems life would go on for ever,

That warmth will always persist

Surely

 

How we all perpetuate such myths

 

Everyday we reject reality

Forsaken for commercial contentment

Ignorance of our poor world

 

So fragile was it beauty

Long and fortuitous in it’s making

Now plagued by a rapacious race

Destined to finish last

Depleted and alone in a cold vacuum.