The Virtue of Stupidity

Once again, dear friend Hugh has hit the nail on the head regarding the dangerous attitudes of this nation toward addressing environmental issues, most notably climate change, or global warming. Please take a minute to read his excellent post … and make note of his new “law” at the end! Thank you, Hugh, for the post and the permission to share!


Temperatures around the country have recently been plunging and the nay-sayers once again point to the thermometer and tell us why they deny that the globe is warming. They ignore the fact that South Africa is experiencing the hottest summer on record and that what happens in Alabama or Alaska (or South Africa) is beside the point. Global Warming is a fact and it is not to be identified with passing weather events in particular parts of the world. Confusing the two and ignoring hard science are marks of the “virtue of stupidity” among those who remain with their heads in the sand — or somewhere equally dark. (This is a repost, which I have updated.)

In his remarkable book, Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free, Charles Pierce quotes Norman Myers of the Climate Institute who estimated that in 1995 [over twenty-four years ago!] there…

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10 thoughts on “The Virtue of Stupidity

  1. When the youngest among us, like Greta Thunberg, can not only understand but accept that global warming is a dire reality and are willing to do whatever it takes to address it…there can be no acceptable excuse for the adults in the room to continue avoiding and denying the stark facts. To continue along this chosen path, by those we elect to do what must be done and by ourselves, can only end in the loss of life as we have known it. The fact that many of us will not live to see the worst that will surely come is an unacceptable dereliction of duty to the generations yet to come. This planet is not ours to destroy, we hold it in trust for those that come after us…and we are failing our duty miserably, shame on us! Thank-you for this important and timely post.

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    • You hit the nail on the head when you say this planet is not ours to destroy. I am so tired of hearing people say that “God put earth here for the convenience of man”. B.S.!!! The planet and many of its inhabitants were here LONG BEFORE man, and will, hopefully, be here long after man destroys himself. Sigh.


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