Wednesday, May 11, 2016

As Flies To Wanton Boys

As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods.
They kill us for their sport.

King Lear, Act 4, Scene 1

In earlier times, we would have blamed the gods for their capricious acts of destruction. Today, we know better. We need only look in the mirror to see the truth.


  1. Yes, and the measurable change in severe storm events - increasing in frequency, intensity and duration - is merely early onset impacts of climate change. Scientists have been warning us that floods, droughts, storms, coastal erosion and inundation, wildfires - they're only going to get worse from year to year, decade upon decade. Some still speak of climate change impacts as something that might happen in the remote future but their ranks are thinning fast. Most people can see that it's already happening in every corner of the world. Everyone gets a little serving based on their location. It makes me recall an account of a pastoral herdsman in the Sahel. Half his herd was lost one year to flash floods. The rest perished the following year due to drought.

    Meanwhile the boy who calls armoured fighting vehicles "jeeps" downplays the new forest fire reality with a dismissive "there have always been fires" line that could have been written by Sarah Palin.

    1. I just saw your Gaia post, Mound. That says it all, rather nicely and succinctly.