Doesn’t matter whose fault it is or why it’s happening, if the ocean used to be over the dunes and is now lapping at your second step, you’ve got a problem.
… And the fact that humans burn everything they can find, and then spend lots of burning energy digging up MORE stuff to burn even more stuff even more rapidly, and most of this within the last few hundred years, is completely natural and would have been exactly the same without human intervention, right?
But take SENSIBLE chances. “Work on discovering something new” is a sensible chance. “Selfie on cliff edge” is not a sensible chance.
In first grade, there was Reading Group 1 and Reading Group 2. While the teacher was working with Reading Group 1, I was reading aloud to Reading Group 2 . . . She abandoned reading assignments for me when I brought in a paperback Robert Heinlein book that my father had already devoured.
The “out of context” problem works both ways. I spent two summers as a waiter at a resort hotel. One day after lunch cleanup I walked out of the dining room and saw a couple who looked vaguely familiar . . . . it was my parents.
Hey anyone upset about masks and shutdowns – the families of 153,000+ people are upset about more important things.
I certainly hope, before I die, to have an opportunity to vote FOR a candidate rather than AGAINST the worse candidate. But every election since I was old enough to vote was more about “make sure we don’t wind up with the worst choice, and since we don’t have a parliamentary system, vote for the other major candidate.”
Every time people try to “send a message” by voting third party, the message winds up being “I don’t understand how American winner-take-all elections work, and/or I can’t do math.”
And afterward, you need a tissue, not a Kleenex®
The existence of a flawed watch suggests the existence of a blind, stupid watchmaker. But seriously, I do believe in a more subtle creation: Imagine a being who can create a system so intricate, so open-ended, that the entities can reproduce themselves WITH VARIATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS, so that spontaneously the entities will produce prodigies and paragons of intelligence, creativity, artistry, musicality, and athletic ability. Then sit back and watch and enjoy the glorious products. Of course, the same flexibility in the reproductive systems might unfortunately also produce defects of various physical and mental systems, both obvious and hidden (like tendencies to disease and early death), but this is all an experiment, right? and all a creation that can run its course and be replaced by the next one?