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Robb

Kia ora Joe,
Sometimes I wonder if the 1% doctrine can be so easily applied to "fighting terrorism" because it is our own skins at risk. With the environment we can afford to debate and point fingers in knowing we will leave the real mess and effects to our future generations.
Ka kite ano e hoa,
Robb

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Robb: good point, there does seem to be a stronger sense of urgency, or at least immediacy, in perceptions of the threat of terrorism.

Your comment reminded me of a blog post written by Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, that I quoted in my blog post about Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, and a Call to Action. Gilbert listed four factors that help explain why more people aren't more concerned about climate change, at least one of which is related to the issue you raised:


  • There is no human or group, e.g., a brutal dictator or evil empire, that is consciously trying to harm us
  • Human societies have not, generally speaking, evolved moral rules about atmospheric chemistry (unlike, say, gay marriage)
  • The negative impacts are too far in the future, and not generally perceived as a clear and present danger
  • The changes are happening too slow for our brains to register

Those are pretty inconvenient truths, themselves.

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