Apathy And Climate Change

Apathy And Climate Change

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we all feel fine
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So, climate change. That huge, unstoppable force that most of us try not to think about during the majority of our existence, even if we believe whole-heartedly that it does indeed exist and has largely human causes.

We’re reminded of its horrific scope only when we read articles like “The Uninhabitable Earth” or “This is how your world can end.” These apocalyptic views of the future are so incredibly bleak that they’re difficult to even wrap one’s mind around.

We forget that there are people that still disagree with the basic principle that it exists (if you are one of those people, I’m not going to try to convince you).

We forget that there are people seriously considering colonizing Mars or the moon (find sources), two places with no resources able to sustain human life, in order to escape what truly seems inevitable.

We forget that the United States left the agreement that may have been our best shot at preventing some of the more extreme visions of climate change from being realized. We forget that the current administration has gutted the government agency tasked with protecting the environment. (Find sources)

Even during weeks like this, when weather patterns all over America, and the world as a whole, seem to be going haywire, climate change seems to be an afterthought. A casual comment in a conversation about how it’s ten degrees warmer in New York than LA, isn’t that strange? Maybe that’s just my limited worldview talking, but it often seems like no one cares. Myself included.

To be fair, it can seem like no one cares about a lot of issues. But you would think that people would care about something that could potentially lead to their own misfortunes and upend their entire lives.

An article in Psychology Today states that this lack of caring is because the issue is simply too large for people to comprehend. It’s not specific enough, and thus can feel that it is too overwhelming to do anything substantial about. This has to do with the idea of statistical numbing; if someone tells us that millions of children are dying in a far-off place, we feel as though there is nothing we can do to solve this situation, but if we are shown a picture of one dying child, we feel as though we can make a difference in this child’s life.

Maybe part of the problem with climate change specifically is that grand, apocalyptic warnings a la An Inconvenient Truth don’t show people the human side of the issue. They’re incredibly important in terms of educating people, but they’re too broad to inspire change on a human level.

One can ask whether there’s even any point in caring about an issue that at this point seems unstoppable. Taking shorter showers and riding a bike instead of driving every once in a while isn’t going to stop sea level rise or save the polar bears. Because what we really need is structural change: we need the people in power to actually care about this. And they don’t.

No amount of calling our congressional representatives or marching in the streets is going to convert those who are backed by oil companies. But if we do absolutely nothing, this vicious cycle continues. Unfortunately, the only truly effective way for citizens to exert power in this capitalist society is through our purchasing power. So in actuality, all those insignificant-seeming decisions to take public transit, buy solar panels, eat less meat, and recycle do add up. One perk of overpopulation is that “the masses” are now nearly 7 billion strong, while those in power are still a relatively miniscule number.

If those 7 billion care, we have some hope.

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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Stop Cussing Damn It!

Why society needs to be less aggressive in response to foul language.

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Well shit, here we go again. In a world of constantly changing language in our everyday society, we need to take a step back on the censorship of words. Foul or vulgar language is frowned upon in most social settings, more specifically in public settings. Language has been created for us to communicate with one another. The fact that there is a whole group of words that are completely disregarded because they are "Cruel" or "Unnecessary" strike me as odd. Language and lexicon was created to allow each person to freely express themselves, their feelings and ideas, openly to everyone. Words like damn, shit, hell, and phrases like son of a bitch and fuck off are overly addressed as negative and foul.

As with any way of speaking, it is all about your deliverance of such language. Yes, is directing a "Fuck you" openly to someone in public a great idea, not really. But, in a general context, there shouldn't be a censorship on such phrases. If these types of words are not being used in derogatory ways, then I see no issue with them. Words help express us and our emotions. Foul language can emphasize our excitement, frustration, or anger with any situation. These words and phrases are just the natural evolution of our language. More so, there is a huge acceptance gap generation to generation.

This acceptance gap is huge from Generation X to Generation Y, or the Millennials, and even more of a gap with Generation Z. Things that offend Gen Y and are disgraced by Gen X don't always phase Gen Z individuals. Saying shit and damn have become natural filler words, sometimes used as verbs, most of the time as adjectives. It's actually quite interesting to hear people from different generations speak. Most people nowadays don't even register how much they swear because of how natural it is to them. I myself cuss a lot, a part of me in what society has labeled as a "bad habit".

Cussing, swearing, using foul language, or however you want to label it, is just something that has been integrated into our society more and more. Like anything, the time and place should always be taken into consideration before dropping words like bitch and fuck, but most of the time there isn't a bad time to speak with these choice words. Another thing is, if society accepted, and even mainstreamed, words that are frowned upon into natural conversation, they no longer would hold much power. If everyone "talked dirty" or used a "foul mouth" all the time, then no one would be cursing. We would all be simply speaking.

We as humans are constantly witnessing change. Our language has been changing and evolving since the very first grunt in history. We will continue to evolve our language and words that are viewed as "bad" now probably wont even be spoken by the end of the century. There will always be "bad words" and sayings that can be taken offense to, but like stated earlier, it's all about deliverance. I say who gives a shit, go ahead and cuss all the damn time, I don't give a fuck. Nothing in that sentence is rude or offensive. Is it the most professional sentence? No, of course it isn't, but nonetheless, sentences like that shouldn't be disapproved by society. We, as a society, should embrace the way our language and communication levels are evolving, and if we properly teach people how and when to use such "disgraceful phrases", there won't be an issue.

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