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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

We Are the Fox!

 We are the proverbial fox guarding our hen house -- the Earth -- it’s no wonder we’re losing egg production. What the hell am I talking about? Let me connect the dots. Our planet is deteriorating rapidly. Without humans, it would probably rebalance itself just as rapidly, but we’re not planning on going anywhere. While the population is declining in places like the United States, elsewhere, no such decline exists.

Our strategy seems to be to consume our way out of this problem. We’re building newer and more efficient stuff. We blame big corporations for pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and using vast resources and energy. Corporations make an easy scapegoat. We envision a few cigar-smoking men in suits laughing as they destroy the planet.

In reality, we are the cigar-smoking suited men. Most of us work for those companies, or they are the largest customers of our smaller companies. We don’t want to lose our jobs. And, while we may not smoke cigars, we are them! While there are a few “tree-huggers” out there who have dedicated their lives to bringing down “the man,” we are, for all intents and purposes, “the man.”

Consumers control everything. Without us, there are no corporations. Want to put Amazon out of business? Stop buying stuff from them. Don’t just buy it somewhere else -- give up the stuff! What’s that? You don’t want to? I get that. You’d rather just keep feeding the machine that is destroying our home.

To be completely transparent, I’m “the man,” too. If you are reading this, it is because you are using the internet, one of the largest energy consumers on the planet. And hold onto your butt because AI is poised to jack those numbers up tenfold. Nobody wants a return to the old days when we didn’t need the internet. We are the fox. Maybe our technology can save us somehow. More likely, we’ll go on raping and pillaging our planet until some cataclysm wipes out a large portion of humans. Those who remain may be returned to the dark ages.

They may learn from the horror that they experienced. But we humans are good at forgetting. If the solution to sustainability requires self-control, I’m not optimistic. As is often the case, what makes us great is our greatest Achilles heel -- we want more eggs!