“Why Greta Thunberg triggers the troglodytes among us” – By Lauren Rosewarne
A brilliant blast for those who think it is OK to shred a 16 year old girl.
“And this is what it’s really about. The pigtails and soft voice takes a backseat to the true problem with Greta Thunberg: she reminds us of the litany of our collective failings. Not just about how we don’t care enough, but that we’re not doing enough. That we’re not outspoken enough. That we’re not sacrificing.
That even if we acknowledge that there’s a climate calamity, we’re not forgoing anything for it.
Just as we hate vegans because they remind us that there’s a dark cost — paid by animals every bit as sentient as our fawned-over puppies — to that burger, Greta is the ghost of a very dismal Christmas future.
It’s equal parts predictable and reprehensible that a girl gets targeted because she’s saying and doing what we’re too — variously — lazy, complacent and greedy to do ourselves.
But the reasons she bristles, the reasons that a soft-spoken 16-year-old Swede has the capacity to stir such defensiveness and prompt such venom, is testimony to the fact that she’s doing an awful lot right.”
Amen to all of that.
The only thing, in my universe, that she is doing wrong (and that may simply be to obtain a platform for her voice to be heard – and hasn’t she done that ever so effectively) is to hitch her wagon to the disastrous, monstrous even, capitalism conceived and driven, purely for profit, and not in any way connected to the real problem, climate change action show, based on greenwashing fallacy, that is making money hand over fist for unscrupulous operators like Al Gore and many others, all of whom dwell in the orbit of capitalist greed.
The very last thing that the world needs is an industry that harnesses public passion but which backs in and adds to the problems that we already have, extending the continuance of a world system that is based on industrialised global suicide of the “eternal economic growth” which Greta so rightly claims is what we are doing. We must free ourselves from all of that. We must return to the simple basics of life.
I doubt that message will be any more palatable to the world than anything Greta Thunberg has said.