In his book, Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats, author Gwynne Dyer presents a series of scenarios that could potentially play out (soon) as climate change advances, e.g. several million dying in cyclones and floods in Bangladesh, the US building a mined fence to stop "climate refugees" from the South, tens of millions of Chinese dead in droughts"and then things get truly catastrophic.
Such so-called "gloom and doom" is often greeted with either denial or mockery but staring dead-on into the reality we've all helped create is the first step in the following outline for personal, intellectual, and global self-defense.
1. Accept our role
*We're not victims (remember: victims are helpless) but we are volunteers. Due to our compliance and/or silence and/or inaction, we've played a role in bringing our culture to the brink of social, economic, and environmental collapse.
*We're not being "attacked" for our choices. For the record, I prefer to save the word "attack" for, say, those being targeted by American predator drones (subsidized by our tax dollars).
*We're not being judged as guilty.
It's a little too late for that.
*We're not being judged as innocent either. We're all participants and/or witnesses (see above).
*We may think it's not "fair" that we're the generation that has to change everything about the way we live"but to paraphrase Clint Eastwood in The Unforgiven: "Fair's got nothing to do with it."
*We are not alone. In the
book (and movie), The Grapes of Wrath,
Tom Joad sez: "Maybe we're not all individual souls, but maybe
we're all part of one big soul." Incredibly basic, yes"but within that simplicity lies what I see
as the secret: If we were to view all
living things--along with ourselves--as
part of one collective
soul, how could we not defend that soul by any means necessary?
2. The 4 R's of defending our collective soul
(to be taken as literally or metaphorically as you choose)
Reality and Reaction
*Self-defense "moves" rarely (if ever) work and can cause you to not trust your instincts as you struggle to remember what you're "supposed to do." Memorizing a few moves before a conflict is not unlike only learning 20 words prior to a spelling bee.