Friday, 30 November 2007

Green ribbons for eco-anxiety

Now that "environmental consciousness" is no longer just another lifestyle choice -- something like open marriages or joining the circus -- now that it has been upgraded to A Moral Imperative (TM), expect there to be more people suffering from this: Eco-anxiety -- an affliction in which one constantly reflects on one's eco-failings while not doing much about them; a general malaise in which one feels basically sorry to be alive.

Who knows, it could be the next big fashionable disease. Roll on Green Ribbon Day ...


  1. Peter, you're so onto it!

    Basically, the eco movement seems to view humans as a kind of filthy scourge on the planet and which the world would be better off without.

    Its nothing more than a classic guilt-based religion. Disgusting. But people, organisations and governments are falling for it in droves. Why is this?

  2. Sod that.
    Consume more, people--for the kiddies.
    Consumption means jobs, jobs mean prosperity and prosperity means we can afford to buy big cars to help warm the planet.
    And a warmer planet helps us grow more food. And consume more beer.
    It's a win all round.

  3. Perhaps DenMT and all the greenies want to live what they preach. That is don't fly airplanes (as he described in his recent trip to Europe).

  4. Recently noted neuroses. Neighbouring table at a restaurant, fish of the day is Hapuku, earnest discussion going on with nervous glances around, this fish endangered, should we eat it???

    Of course it isn't endangered any more. The worst has befallen it already, it is dead and in the kitchen's chiller. Go for the pasta you ninnies, who cares!

  5. I think - and lest this be taken as a joke, I am 100% serious - that someone should write a book that encourages 'eco-suicide'.

    This book would push the idea that people should kill themselves instead of pollute the Earth, for pretty much everyone (from the greenest Green to the most rational Objectivist) knows that that human life is impossible without pollution.

    Then, the book should be printed in the millions, and a copy shipped to every home in the country. Along with each book would come a small bottle of cyanide tablets (and a child-proof cap, of course).

    The eventual outcome of this project could only be good for humanity.


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