Global Warming, The Cold War and Human Nature

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The Cold War Vs. Global Warming and the simple attitudes and behaviors that created.

Submitted: September 11, 2009

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It is general knowledge that after the end of the Second World War (1945) to the year when the final episode of Dallas aired (1991) there was a potentially apocalyptic conflict occurring. During this time two super ultra empires stared each other down in a roller coaster ride of fears. Their were loop-de-loops and wicked dips as the two empires went through periods of near friendship and times where they wanted to blow each other up over misunderstandings. On the eastern side of the ring stood the Cold Communist Reds that let their people starve (USSR) on the other side standing tall proud and generally acting big headed where the Capitalist Pigs (USA) who also let their people starve…. To put it simply for those of you who slept through history class, during the Cold War both of these empires decided to have heated competitions to see who could make the most ridiculous amount of missiles so that if one of them looked at the other the wrong way they could kill everything…. A thousand times!

The significance of this long silly conflict is that people during this time honestly thought they could all die. That the world would sink into a burning hell and that life would end. This is no new thought, the idea that where all going to die in some dramatic apocalypse has always been present. This just happened to be a particularly popular theory of our complete and utter destruction. During World War Two the Allies thought that Germany would consume the world in their rampage of destruction. Before then there was and still is a long list of religious prophesised apocalypses spanning across countless religions.  Even now in the year 2009 we still think that were all going to die, the most popular theory being Global Warming which will freeze your children (A apocalypse we know how to stop but don’t).

When you line up Global Warming and The Cold War apocalyptic scenarios side by side they start looking rather similar. Both ideas include a large element of self destruction. In the Cold War the head honcho guys of both the USSR and the USA actively decided to make weapons they could use blow everyone up with. This is a very similar to the behaviour of Americans who own guns. There are people in American who never want to hunt or shoot targets but keep a gun in their house just in case a murder comes into their house.  In some ways that’s fair enough you want to feel safe. It’s also understandable why this arms race occurred. If you have someone you really don’t like (i.e. the USSR disliking the USA and vice versa) it’s only reasonable to make sure if he comes charging at you with a bat (i.e. fires a nuclear weapon) you can hit him with your bigger bat (i.e. fire more nuclear weapons).The Cold War represented an attitude brought on by World War I and II and almost every other war. That is I don’t want to be caught with my pants down if someone decides to invade my nation so I better make sure I have enough big guns to make sure they are too scared to. And to the leaders of the time credit no nation with nuclear weapons has been invaded to this day.

Global Warming represents a more modern view of wanting everything regardless of the expense. I would love a big platinum screen television so I might just buy it on my credit card. Wow Harvey Norman is offering three year interest free I might go buy that bed I always wanted and pay it off over the next few years. I’m going to buy my self a land cruiser so I can feel really big and powerful on the road even thou its releasing carbon gases which will destroy my children’s future. Or alternatively I’m going to put my clothes in the drier rather then hang them on the line so I have more time to watch the latest sallow American drama. It’s odd that people are risking life so that they can enjoy there’s a little bit more.  Actually on second thought it makes perfect sense.

Technological advancement has been one long quest to make things easier. We invented the wheel to make it so we can move more things in less time. We invented the road so we can use to wheel to move more things even faster with less effort. We invented steam power so we can feed things into a machine and watch things do the work for us even faster. We invented the computer so we can watch computer watch the machine do the work for us. Every invention we have ever created is to make our life easier it’s a trend that started thousands of years ago.  Asking people to change that behaviour is similar to asking people to stop killing each other or to stop caring about materialistic processions. It’s in our nature and I guess that the greatest foe of all.

I don’t think Global Warming if allowed to run its course, if all those bad things that the prophet Al Gore has prophecies happens that life will end. We’ve seen this storm coming for decades prove of that is the movie Solent Green which tells of a post Global Warming world. None of the leaders want to make the people make sacrifice because no one likes to lose what they have. No one wants to lose their comfortable life to protect a future that’s still in question. Is it right to sacrifice quality of your life for a future that might not even occur? Sure there are signs that Global Warming is occurring but at the moment there is no strong evidence, no dire impacts of this build up of carbon dioxide. So should we sacrifice the quality of life to prevent a fate that might not even occur? Would it even matter if we did stop now, have we come too far?

Tricky questions shame I can’t phone a friend or ask the audience. Thou this isn’t exactly the whole picture so no judgement can be made. So let’s look deeper (That or you can divert your attention to a much more exciting medium for example there is a YouTube video where a guy……..)

In comparison to ten years ago life is easier and the same can be said for every ten years (with the exception of the great depression).  This ultimate goal to create a blissful care-free life has fuelled the technological development of humanity since we first clashed two stone to together to make fire. There has always been a darker motive thou behind our constant need to move forward. That is the collection of material goods or in other words Greed. If you can move more goods faster by combining the wheel and the road would that not also mean that it would take less people to move more goods? Yes it does and less people means less cost which in turn means more money for the owner.

In a modern context there are massive multinational corporations lead by men and women who get paid enough money to fund a small nation each. If these people made the necessary changes to stop Global Warming it would mean higher costs leading to less money for the upper management. In other words it would mean these CEOs and Executives would have to buy a slightly smaller boat or hire a slightly less well educated personal assistant. Hoping for these faceless heartless people to make this sacrifice is like hoping for a lion to decide not only to stop eating buffalo but to instead start helping the animal find its food and knit it a warm blanket for those long cold nights.

We think that just because we have the inclination and intelligence to make sprawling cities and long roads that makes us a step above the rest of species of the world. I suppose in a way it’s true we are masters of the Erath but we still are commanded by nature. We still pursue material goods and ways to make our life easier we always have and we always will. Sure some could hope that the millions that could die as result of the Global Warming inflicting it’s cascade of disasters will change us but odds our the survivors will be burning coal. Still I hope that we can change move onto to a higher state where we no longer are obsessed with achieving a comfortable life surrounded by creature comforts. A world where greed is an outdated concept which has no major effect on society. Where we think of others before our selves and strive to create a better future for our children.

 I also hope that Americans would stop flooding our television channels with half rate shows and that sky would turn a pretty shade of purple. I can hope right?


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