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I fully understand how terrible the situation in Afghanistan is for most of the women and girls, and for many of the men who are now there. All of whom now fear for their lives.

However, I can not shake the nagging thought that all of it, any political situation anywhere in the world, here, Russia, China, anywhere, means nothing when placed in the context of what is now taking place because of what we have done to our climate. 

Yes, any humanitarian crisis is a terrible thing, but as of this day forward we are all in a humanitarian crisis. A crisis borne of our greed and our insane unwillingness to believe the dire warnings from science that we have heard since 1965. Now, it is pretty much too late. There is still a slim chance that climate change can be reversed. Very slim. I have to think, judging by the rampant ignorance now pervasive here, and all over the industrialized world, that humans are incapable of acting in a way that can accomplish this huge task. We are awash in a crisis of sheer stupidity. A stupidity that, for some unfathomable reason, has us believing that nature and the planet can withstand the onslaught of its rape by humanity forever.

Western Drought Has Lasted Longer Than the Dust Bowl - Scientific American

So, while I understand the constant drumbeat of news from Afghanistan, I have to wonder why all the extreme weather phenomena; the hurricanes, the intolerable heat, the wildfires, the melting glaciers, the rising and warming oceans, aren’t the lead story in every news program all over the world?

Climate change means more extreme weather – here's what the UK can expect  if emissions keep increasing

The rainforest – the Earth’s lungs – is being cut down, the polar ice cap is melting, one hundred twenty one degrees heat in Canada…Hurricane Ida is ravaging New Orleans...Extreme weather all over the globe is destroying humanity’s very ability to exist. Is this not the most important story of all? Why are we fixating on anything else?

Extreme Weather Due to Global Warming Stock Photo - Alamy

Yes, people are dying in Afghanistan, but shouldn’t all our deaths by our own hands be the only story we must do something about?  

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10 thoughts on “AM I A MONSTER?

  1. Yes you are a monster but that’s a separate issue. One thing has nothing to do with the other. Both are devastating but no need to compare them or the media coverage which is as you say wrong in not covering climate issues. But I’m glad that there is coverage of the poor state of affairs in Afghanistan. Heart wrenching.


    Posted by Linda Kraus | September 3, 2021, 3:04 pm
  2. Yes, the plight of Afghanistan is horrific. That said, our Conservative government has dragged the chain on doing anything about climate change. They don’t have a large margin of seats in government and an election is due no later than May 2022. A recent poll shows that voters in all 151 of our electorates say dealing with climate change is first or second on their list of concerns. Bring on the election.


    Posted by leggypeggy | September 1, 2021, 5:07 pm
  3. You’re not a monster. You’re a realist. And there aren’t enough realists doing what must be done. Hell, half the population won’t even do the obvious to stop a pandemic. They certainly won’t act to save the world.


    Posted by Susan/PiedType | September 1, 2021, 4:04 pm
  4. No, you are not ! ! Like you, I am more concerned on climate change and pollution, and what humanity has done to our planet. Who cares about Afghanistan? Whatever floats their boats…. it’s their way of life. I have become a monster , too. And I feel there’s nothing I can do.


    Posted by renxkyoko | September 1, 2021, 3:05 pm
    • thanks RX, what a bunch of idiots we are. We have willfully destroyed the only place we have. We have shit in our beds as it were. I almost feel sorry for all of us who have brains…but then again I don’t think any of us really deserves this planet. stay well and continue…

      Liked by 1 person

      Posted by barkinginthedark | September 1, 2021, 3:59 pm
      • I pity my future children…. they’ll have to carry the burden. The government should help financially those who want to have solar energy in their homes. We had a solar heater ( just for hot water ) installed… it cost us $ 6500. We don’t use our ac even those it’s almost 3 digits here in Ca, and definitely, no heater in winter, we just layer up….. what else can we do ???


        Posted by renxkyoko | September 1, 2021, 4:57 pm
      • i know…but we must raise our voic—oh wait…the morons among us don’t believe in climate change…or vaccinations…oh, and the Clinton’s drink the blood of children…i fear we are doomed. thanks RK. continue…

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        Posted by barkinginthedark | September 1, 2021, 5:24 pm

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