Even if I happened to
believe that the naturally occurring gas that each of us breathes
out many thousands of times per day, and which plants use for
photosynthesis, is going to end up being the death of us, I would
still be profoundly disturbed by the use of this girl
- who is very clearly mentally unstable - as the poster-child for
Causes which are backed up by incontrovertible facts do not need the aid of slightly unnerving and emotive teenage girls to lead the charge.
On the contrary, slightly
unnerving and emotive teenage girls might be thought by a rational
society to be somewhat of a hindrance to the facts, since they are
likely to detract from them and move the issues from the realm of
reason and rational discourse to emotion and feelings.
Until this last year or so, it was perfectly possible to hold to the reasonable position that any changes to the global climate are not necessarily the product of human actions, without being considered unhinged.
Yes, the utterly disingenuous charge of "Denier" was increasingly used to smear those who questioned the claims being made, implying that to hold such a position was akin to denying Nazi genocide against millions of Jewish people.
But despite this, and the
fact that most of
the corporate media tended to treat
the claim that
humans are 'responsible' for Climate Change
as proven fact, it was still just about possible to dissent
without being treated like a pariah and a very wicked person.
And not just any child...
If it were all about
facts, there would be no need for such tactics, yet the relentless
pushing forward of such a person is clearly intended to close off of
any remaining debate, since those who criticize her or her message
can now automatically be portrayed as callous,
stone-hearted oafs with not an ounce of compassion in them...
There are, after all, many vile people out there who like being vile to others.
But it is perfectly possible to oppose her message, and perfectly reasonable to resent the fact that she is being exploited in this way to further an agenda pushed by those much higher up the food chain, without bearing her any ill or indeed being very wicked.
Personally, I wish her
every blessing, and that she will find both hope and happiness.
Rather, it was from those who claim to have the facts, the proof and the settled science.
Why...? If the science really is settled, and the facts really are incontrovertible,
On a personal level, I fear for Miss Thunberg.
On a societal level, frankly it all has the rather unpleasant whiff of a deliberate campaign to shame people into silence by the exploitation of a frankly very disturbed child...
And the fact that there are people who are prepared to use this sort of emotive tactic to further their agenda is really quite sinister, and doesn't bode well.
We are perilously close
to becoming a society entirely governed by emotion over reason,
with the results being seen in the increasing inability of large
swathes of people to even accept the possibility that views other
than their own should be allowed.