Why I Unsubscribed to Your Newsletter

Or why I guess I should stop writing blog posts. 

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Unfortunately, I believe that your newsletter won't make a bit of difference to the future of human civilization. The people will never stand together to save human habitat. Instead, it seems we would rather pine for the afterlife. 

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We are living in the Anthropocene and are the root cause of The Sixth Extinction. We are the cause of rapid, catastrophic climate change and all we want to do is go shopping. We are content with bread and circus. 

However, I am sure that if we can find a way to monetize "the end of days" climate change will suddenly become the most important issue of the day. Imagine all the sustainable, green merchandise we could sell locally. It could solve inequality and allow entrepreneurs to exit the "gig economy" for decent jobs we could be proud of. (I apologize, I'm being sarcastic.)

When global corporations and the uber rich are finally paying lobbyist large sums of money to talk to elected officials about the need to come to terms with climate change, it will be far too late to worry about it. Do you really believe that any normal person will be lucky enough to enter the gated communities that await the super rich in New Zealand? Do you really believe their vain attempt to secure a reengineered habitat for their descendants is possible? 

Human civilization has always been about wealth and power. We don't care about complex natural systems. OK, you are right, some people do, but not enough of us to make a difference.

I'm an American who has lived abroad for thirty-five years in seven different countries. In my opinion, from the outside looking in, America provides no hope for humanity whatsoever. It doesn't matter what issues you are concerned about: poverty; sustainable food production; technology; world peace; education; innovation; social justice; human rights, etc. 

Americans are, however, very good entertainers. We are universally appreciated for that. We will await our fate while being very well entertained - of this, I am certain.

As for the rest of the world stepping up to find solutions to our social, economic, cultural, health, and science challenges -  don't expect much. We are all equally blind. We have become the walking dead, the destroyers of civilization. No epic poem could possibly describe the profound stupidity of our species. However, our unique brand of idiocy could be described in ONE word - consumerism. 

We are clever but we are not wise. We are muppets. 

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Although we can also be profoundly beautiful, in the end, we were but a brief, insignificant hiccup in the mysterious space-time continuum, also known as, the Universe. We are the constantly recycling star stuff Carl Sagan spoke of. I doubt any intelligent life form will ever encounter Voyager's Golden Records that we so pompously launched into outer space. Our e-waste may lie buried here for hundreds of millions of years waiting in vain for an alien archeologist to make sense of it all.

Good luck with your work spreading the word; we all have to do something. 

Although I am profoundly disappointed that human civilization is coming to an end and that we won't be able to continue to make amazing discoveries about ourselves, the universe and our place in it for much longer; I hope some of us will continue to be able to live loving, inspired lives and die with dignity.

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Steven Cleghorn

Steven is an autodidact, skeptic, raconteur and film producer from America who has been traveling since he was a zygote. He's a producer at The Muse Films Ltd. in Hong Kong and a constantly improving (hopefully) Globe Hacker. He's seeks the company of interesting minds.