I have been pretty demoralized about blogging for about a week. I like the attention but I am trying to figure out what the point of it all is. It strikes me that most people are either indifferent or stubborn, and that a simplistic but wrong position is far more effective for motivating people than a complex and pragmatic approach.
I still think that one needs to act toward the best possible outcome even if one is pessimistic about achieving it. And of course I find people who find what I write interesting, interesting. I’m wondering if all this conversation is just self-indulgence, though.
I note the superficial approach being taken by the “We Can Solve It” people in particular. I suppose that’s carefully thought out?
I would rather they spent some of their resources on educating people. Unfortunately, if you use facts rather than polemics, soon enough the complexities of the problem come up, and you start fracturing on difficult technical issues. Unfortunately, getting support that is earnest but ill-informed is not actually going to get us through the hard choices that face us. Eventually there will have to be some triage, some conventionally green items sacrificed for some others.
The “what-me-worry” opposition hasn’t got these problems. What a mess. If you don’t need to make concessions to reality you don’t have to find yourself arguing propositions that are intuitively unappealing to the demographic that is inclined to support you. It’s just another way the deck is stacked against a good prognosis for civilization in this century.
image thanks to xkcd
I guess I’m sticking around for now but please be on notice that I am a bit demoralized and burnt out by the results of my blogging of late. Having achieved a little bit of prominence (my audience did grow substantially over the past few weeks) I have succeeded in attracting the attention of more of the stubborn and confused people we are up against, which is not the kind of thing I find fun.
As a result of this effort I have a clearer idea of what I believe about this stuff at the cost of a firmer expectation that the world will not come around close enough to agreeing with me and the like-minded folk who read this blog. I wish I had some better idea of what to do about it besides ranting.