05 August 2009

123 Days to Go and I'm Getting Depressed - Why Are Climate Bullies So Ignorant?

I know I shouldn't do it, but sometimes I just can't help myself. I go online and look up a recommended article on climate change, and then I read the comments.

I should not read the comments. Please, do not let me read the comments anymore!

The comments are almost always posted by ignorant climate bullies who spew lies and age-old denier "sound bytes," and almost always get away with it.

Tonight, I and all the people who care about the Earth and the future and the children were called "crazy zealot left wing enviro-Nazis." 

The anonymity of the web has created an ugliness that is really starting to sadden me. I am going to have to stop reading these things in order not to lose total faith in my species. 

The worst of it is their sheer numbers. If the bullies commenting on just this one article are any indication, we are well and truly doomed.

There's none so blind as those who cannot see from behind their huge egos. 

And how did we become so dichotomized? And why are "they" so loud and ever-present and crude and nasty and heartless, while the people who care are so few and so quiet? 

I suppose it's because my allies have learned not to read the comments sections of online articles about climate change!

Now, since this is a blog about compassionate climate action, I am going to try my very best to send out some compassion to these people — may they learn that the threat to fear is the one hanging over their children's future, not the people who are trying their best to do something about it. 

Hugs all around. It's scary times.

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