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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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  1. Gerry Mander

    January 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    No one truly believes that the meaning of life is 42, nor do we believe that science holds all the answers to every question.

    However, the meaning of non-life is 47, as this is the temperature where eucalypts become explosive as the oils vapourise and fire spreads at over 60 kms per hour!.

  2. Dave Groves

    January 5, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Just checked the clip with these lyrics….Nice one Mark.

    How we can burn millions of litres of oil everyday, pour chemicals galore into our air, oceans and waterways, raze forests like there is no tomorrow, and still expect the planet to just dreamily carry on regardless…fiddly de…pure madness….

    Still, christians will meet their maker sooner, so they’ll be happy, “captains of industry”….our modern day heros…well they will have more shiny trinkets, so they will be happy….

    All the creatures lesser than man??? Well there are too many of them anyhow…

    Whatever the argument….we are all locked in for the ride….no exceptions….

  3. Dr Kevin Bonham

    January 5, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Mark, I’d like to know exactly what you mean by the term “na sayers” as it is rather ambiguous and could be read as implying that I am a global warming sceptic, which is actually not the case. What I am sceptical of is the extreme doomery attached to many environmental issues by those promoting urgent and radical actions, and this includes climate change. I am not assuming a “she’ll be totally alright” position at all but I do observe that what is almost now a recognisable paradigm of eco-alarmism has an atrocious predictive track record and I predict that it will get it wrong again over AGW.

    As for claims about “most intelligent people” being tired of both perceived sides, in the absence of evidence such claims fall somewhere between unsubstantiated posturing and a whiff of the “no true Scotsman” fallacy. It [i]may[/i] be true, but there are plenty of highly intelligent people to be found at any end of a debate like climate change, and I am not actually at or near either end of that debate.

    Leaving a legacy of “selflessness, not greed”, from one’s own life and impacts is all very well, though judging others as greedy to an extent that they are not is all too easily done for those too concerned with perceived moral superiority. Imposing economic restrictions, imposts or harm on others who are by no means rich to force them to be more “selfless” in the name of evils that are typically overestimated is neither selfless nor greedy – it’s just illiberal and stupid. I don’t know exactly where the correct policy balance lies on climate change but we are going to need a lot more than vague and perhaps over-urgent song lyrics to get it right.

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