Everyone has probably heard a version of this joke:
“Doc, it hurts when I do this.”
“Then don’t do that.”
Simple, yet effective. And it’s also a source of profound frustration for me, because I’d be that doctor if I could. It’s often the most obvious solutions that are never employed. I want to shake people, sometimes.
For example, here in America we export 1.1 million tons of potatoes, while we also import 1.4 million tons of potatoes. When I think of the fuel costs alone, I want to screech. We do so much harm to the planet by not eating locally and in season. And there’s absolutely no reason for it.
And there are so many creative ways one can ruin one’s life. What fascinates me is that turning point moment — The first time someone takes heroin, for example. What could possibly go wrong? Sheesh.
Is it really so hard for all of us to contemplate consequences? Can we possibly be this short-sighted? Are we incapable of thinking in terms of cause and effect?
Apparently so, or there wouldn’t be so much resistance to the mounting evidence of global climate change.
Apparently so, or no one would have voted for Donald Trump.
It’s as if society at large is at the maturity level of a boy who thinks it’s fun to light his farts on fire.