I’m taking a little sidestep from our progressive drilling down into the collective response to weirding to examine a particularly poignant recent phenomenon. These are times of fear and anger, but also times of great love, compassion and even sacrifice. As weirding develops along its strange and un-guessed paths and fragmentation polarizes views and opinions, it is easier to react with fear or lash out in anger. What makes us angry in these conditions, where does the vitriol of the skeptics of weirding come from? I’d like to focus on the phenomenon of radio and tv characters attacking Greta Thunberg. The attacks that these, as far as I can see, wealthy white, middle aged men have launched are out of proportion to the physical threat posed by a teenager. We have seen in the past that these, often badly informed, men are not known for backing down on their opinions even in the face of the most convincing facts and
Nearly every day I get out and about and chat with people. Out this way, conversation usually turns to the weather, plants or animals.
Country folk tend to be an observant lot and for many of them, their livelihood depends on watching the weather.
This’ll be part 1 of a series of rambling, thoughtful, posts I’ll be writing on my perceptions of the social and cultural catastrophe that is global weirding. First, let me explain that I have adopted the term ‘global weirding’ to express my view of the climate emergency that is now beyond our capacity to fix and of the havoc it is wreaking on our world and world views. I consider it a more galvanizing term than ‘change’ and far more expressive of the events unravelling as we move into uncharted territory as a species. I think ‘weirding’ captures the essence of the non-linear changes that both our climate and our society are going through. It has been said that it’s almost like our reality is breaking down, fragmenting in fact and I agree, but more on the nature of the new realities in a later piece. In my musings, I’ve thought a lot about the scale of the problems and