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.

But watch them talk about global warming Here and Here.  It’s a microcosm of Climate Hysteria.

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)

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4 Responses to “The Ultimate MMORPG?”
  1. Paul in Sweden says:

    Spot on.

  2. MM says:

    You’re correct, but don’t forget the way the media panders to the misperception that AGW is accepted by intelligent informed people and rejected by retards and reactionaries. It’s a flattering generalization that has a lot more impact than people are comfortable admitting.

  3. Anteros says:

    I agree with Paul in Sweden – spot on.

    I had a quick think about (what I thought would be..) ‘all’ the other reasons, and was surprised that your three seem to cover it remarkably well.

    Perhaps though there is an an even deeper need – the need to just worry. It may be a coincidence but it is interesting to note that the alarm about impending climate catastrophe arose in the West precisely at the time when the Soviet empire collapsed.

    The Chinese have a saying – “when no food on the table, just one problem. When food on the table, many problems”. Part of this seems to be based on the fact that when we’re fundamentaly secure, at peace and with time to ponder, we look, imagine and fear. It perhaps has its evolutionary function when the natural world presents so many possible dangers – complacency leads to death. So we’re set up to look for ‘what can possibly go wrong’. But if it is something that many of us cannot do without, then inevitably there will be paranoia about calamities that are purely imaginary.

    To think we have have identified (and are ‘sounding the alarm about’) the most potent threat is itself, I think, deeply comforting.

    Gurdjieff once said that a man will give up and renounce any pleasure you like but will not renounce his suffering. I’d modify that to say that almost all of us are incapable of giving up our worry. It is paradoxically comforting.

    Long conversations with Joshua at Climate Etc made me realise that the worry isn’t so asymmetrical as people of a ‘sceptical’ bent like to believe. A very large number of sceptics that I talk to have a worry that is uncannily similar to that of the climate-concerned, but is focused on the inevitable collapse of civilisation should climate mitigation policies be implemented.

    It shouldn’t surprise us – the important ingredient is ourselves and our capacity to look, imagine and worry!

    • quidsapio says:

      “Long conversations with Joshua at Climate Etc made me realise that the worry isn’t so asymmetrical as people of a ‘sceptical’ bent like to believe. A very large number of sceptics that I talk to have a worry that is uncannily similar to that of the climate-concerned, but is focused on the inevitable collapse of civilisation should climate mitigation policies be implemented.

      It shouldn’t surprise us – the important ingredient is ourselves and our capacity to look, imagine and worry!”

      Now that I find very fascinating! never looked at it that way before – but it’s entirely valid and opens up a lot of interesting questions!

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