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Gerald O'brian

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Is pessimism the new religion?

Against all odds, we can feed seven billion people living on higher standards than ever before, and maintain world peace between democracies.
Yet far from rejoicing it seems most people hold on to the belief that humanity is doomed, to the belief that the world has never been in a worse state.
Pessimists believe in a coming apocalypse, believe in a past Eden from which humans fell because of environmental fuck-up, and instead of infidels we have corporations playing the bad guys. Pessimists also have purifying rituals to wash their sins.

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  • Nov 10 2013: "Against all odds, we can feed seven billion people living on higher standards than ever before, and maintain world peace between democracies." Do you believe the means justify the ends? We can take apart this earth but nobody seems to know how to put it back together.

    I am pessimistic because we got here on the miracle of cheap oil and the production of that peaked in 2005. Nothing is close to replacing it on the horizon.
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      Nov 10 2013: Now that's pretty pessimistic indeed. Nothing on the horizon? At all?
      What about nuclear, solar, fusion?
      Or the swiss watches that use wrist motion?
      • Nov 12 2013: None are suited for transportation. First reinvent the battery than make those power sources competitive with conventional oil. No not on the horizon compared to speed at which we consume our best oil reserves.

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