The Dangers of Willful Denialism

A good friend and blog reader posited that perhaps humankind allowing anthropogenic global warming to run further and further amok is facilitated by the same ingrained denial that people employed as they saw Nazi Germany take control of more and more of Europe and carry out their brutal holocaust.

Maybe what the modern human world is doing to Nature by changing the climate so fast that wild species can’t adapt in time—resulting in mass extinction—is just too unbearable to comprehend or believe. Denial, she theorized, is “our forte”—the traditional fallback position.

I have to take it a step further by adding that such denial is willful. I read the blasé reactions to the shattering, unprecedented news that tropical wintertime hurricanes were now invading the arctic. CNN and FOX News set the tone by sounding a collective “ho hum.” Who can be bothered by calls to halt our carbon goose-steps? We humans have an appointment with a brick wall and nothing’s going to stop us until D-day.

Willful denialism allows folks to look the other way while the animal holocaust provides them with their methane-marinated meals of tortured beef cows, or tormented pigs, fish and chickens.

Possibly the epitome of willful denialism: the more people degrade their environment, the more they want to have babies.

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5 thoughts on “The Dangers of Willful Denialism

  1. Of course it is willful denial. People do not want to sacrifice or give up whatever gives them pleasure. They can just look the other way or find excuses in The Bible to assure themselves that God gave human beings the right to act as planetary pillagers and bullies.

    • Maybe that’s supposed to make up for the loss of the polar bear.

      Hey, some of those huge ships could be made into apartment houses for our ever-increasing human population! There must be room in the Arctic Ocean for lots of floating tenements.

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