The universal solution to my troubles - and possibly yours - is to raise the awareness of other people who will then solve our problems. If we have learned nothing else from our enormous and self-justifying public relations industry, it's that self-evident truth.
But it doesn't seem to be working for global warming.
The more you know the less you care – at least that seems to be the case with global warming. A telephone survey of 1,093 Americans by two Texas A&M University political scientists and a former colleague indicates that trend, as explained in their recent article in the peer-reviewed journal Risk Analysis.So I think the message here is if you want to make the world a better place for future generations...
“More informed respondents both feel less personally responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming,” states the article, titled “Personal Efficacy, the Information Environment, and Attitudes toward Global Warming and Climate Change in the USA.”
The study showed high levels of confidence in scientists among Americans led to a decreased sense of responsibility for global warming.
The diminished concern and sense of responsibility flies in the face of awareness campaigns about climate change, such as in the movies An Inconvenient Truth and Ice Age: The Meltdown and in the mainstream media’s escalating emphasis on the trend. [More]
Blow up your T.V. throw away your paper[John Denver Fan Note: This John Prine song had one of the greatest lines ever for a song, to wit:
Go to the country, build you a home
Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
Try an find Jesus on your own ...
"Well, I sat there at the table and I acted real naive
For I knew that topless lady had something up her sleeve"
[Get it? Topless lady?...something up her sleeve?...(snort)(guffaw)]
Where was I?
Oh, yeah. Maybe some of us are developing compassion calluses from simple information overload. If were were less aware, we might be happier, and more effective.