The Ultimate MMORPG?
The famous Fortean Times – a place much after QS’s own heart has a forum where all things Fortean and much that isn’t is discussed.
We see the gargantuan amounts of misinformation that are the staple of concerned but under-informed people. The way these guys totally buy into even the ludicrous panic-headlines about shrinking voles and drowning polar bears and “oh my Gahd, the daffodils came out three weeks early we’re all gonna die” stuff. We can see they don’t seems stupid, and find ourselves wondering – why are they so credulous, so unquestioning, so gullible on this subject? Why are these people who are routinely skeptical of almost everything else they read in the media or hear from government entirely trusting of their sources on this subject?
But most weird – why do they seem almost affronted when any of the scare stories are shown up as nonsense?
It’s almost as if at some level they know it’s untrue and don’t want to have it pointed out. Makes you look again at the cosy church-like ethos of the Believing paradigm.What do you get when you sign up?
A sense of virtue ; the warm glow of being a person of conscience – and yet not having very much required of you as a result, beyond deploring the lack of action on the part of governments, and maybe putting a brick in your toilet cistern.
A sense of martyrdom; of being unfairly persecuted for your lofty conscience – without any of the inconvenience attendant upon actually being even slightly persecuted.
A sense of belonging; of joining virtual hands with a network of fellow “martyrs”, all standing backs to the wall against the evil onslaught of Denial and Darkness. It’s the Fellowship of the Ring without the orcs. It’s the spirit of the Blitz with no danger of anything nasty actually dropping on your head.
When you look at all that, it’s a potent mix. It must make it pretty easy to wake up and face life each day with a sense of purpose. How are you going to feel about someone coming along and telling you you’re not a hero at all – just a person with more credulity than judgement?
Is that what a lot of this is about then? Climate Panic as a sort of thrill ride with all the reassurance of being ultimately all about “let’s pretend”?
(please note – this is about climate hysteria – and is not intended to represent those who simply theorise a human component in climate forcing)