Risky Business

March 16th, 2011

Inspired by Our Lisbon moment? and The costly lessons from the long tail of improbable disaster (Washington Post 3/16/11).


“You know, Bill, there’s one thing I learned in all my years. Sometimes you just gotta say, ‘WTF, make your move.’” — Joel Goodson

 

We human beings don’t cope well with risk and probability.

Somehow, we never quite evolved that ability.


We’re afraid of things we shouldn’t be and don’t fear things we should.

We often act as if good things are bad and bad things are good.


Racism and homophobia are examples of ungrounded fears,

Triggered when someone is different, or different appears.


Climate change is an example of something of which we should be more afraid,

A reaction in part to the team effect and climate change denial crusade.


We humans instinctively hide from problems too big to be confronted,

A vestige of when our species was both hunters and hunted.


That’s a big part of what’s happening with global warming,

Exacerbated by the denial cohort’s constant misinforming.


Our “fight or flight” instinct is both a blessing and a curse:

With climate change, if we keep putting off action, it will only get worse.


We have to do something, and do something bold–

We can’t just sit around and reminisce about the days of old.


We have to fight climate change, and fight it now.

If we do, we still have a chance to win… somehow.

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Here’s your theme music (interspersed with scenes from the movie from which our post takes its name), Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger.

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