Most of us learned about climate change when we were little kids. They didn’t call it that, back when they first told me about it; but you can’t have an ice age unless the climate changes. In fact, you can’t have a planet without climate changes. An atmosphere is built over time, and there was a time when the Earth was nothing more than a rock floating in space with no air to breathe at all. Between that time and this one, the climate has changed so many times that it almost seems silly to even call it climate change. From the long view, the Earth’s climate is in constant flux; the only thing that doesn’t change about our atmosphere is that it is always changing. We should all be grateful for climate change: without it, we couldn’t live on this lovely planet. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #046 – Climate change can’t be quantified!”
Ever since humans discovered atomic bombs and nuclear energy, we have really left nature in the dust so far as horrific longterm planetary consequences go. The list of places where people can’t visit without being exposed to harmful radiation keeps getting longer, due to more of that pesky inescapable logic. We keep building more bombs and nuclear energy facilities, without bothering to figure out a way to clean up the previous sites. While harmful radiation keeps leaking out of old barrels buried near valuable water supplies, we continue to draw up plans for new power plants that produce this volatile and dangerous energy. Even if the plans are perfect, scientists have to admit that human error has caused more of the nuclear power problems than bad designs have. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #045 – We’re running out of places to live!”
Did you know a lot of planets revolve at a rate exactly relative to how fast they rotate? Due to the gravity of their sun or suns, they do the same thing our moon does to the Earth: they only ever show it one side. That means one side of these planets exist in perpetual darkness, while the other side knows nothing but continual light. The popular theory is that if life existed on these planets, it would have to dwell on the thin inhabitable strip where it would have access to both light and darkness. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #044 – The days are getting longer!”
The first thing we should be clear on is that this discussion has nothing to do with Pink Floyd. I’m a big fan, but I’m not here to discuss whether or not one of their most popular albums was dark in tone or texture. In fact, we’re not here to talk about Pink Floyd at all.
I don’t know why you even brought it up. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #043 – The dark side of the moon isn’t actually dark!”
The first time I ever saw the saying on a bumper sticker, I whooped and hollered and otherwise loudly proclaimed my support of it. Very few systems seemed set up to make life anything but hard on me when I was young, and I was kind of mad at the world. Consequently, that phrase really hit home with me at the time. You know the one I’m talking about, still pretty popular among the bumper sticker type…
‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention!’ Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #041 – If You’re Not Outraged…”
It doesn’t take much digging to find out what motivated Abraham Lincoln to go to such great lengths to fight slavery. He said it himself, according to history books, that the issue was not as important as the cause. He would have been willing to hitch his wagon to any socially charged issue that came along, and slavery came along.
Abraham Lincoln wanted to be able to tell everyone what they could and couldn’t do. He was not pleased with the restrictions placed on his power by states being allowed to run themselves. In many ways, this particular president single-handedly did more harm than any other president before or since.
He formed the federal government. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #040 – Abraham Lincoln was Racist!”
A lot of people think slavery doesn’t exist in the United States any more, and some even think slavery has been eliminated worldwide. Although most folks are aware that a number of slaves were brought to America from other countries back in the day, they don’t all seem to know that the circumstances of many people today strongly resemble the conditions slaves existed in yesterday. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #039 – A slave by any other name…”
More than one social critic has pointed out that the justice system in America should maybe be called ‘the revenge system’ instead. Whether you agree with the way the country treats criminals or not, you have to be pretty short-sighted to disagree with this assessment. We talked about how no behavior exists in a vacuum last week, in ‘Bullying a bully is still bullying’; let’s go into it a little more deeply here.
Social pressure is a strange thing. It makes for some very pretty diamonds, but it crushes a lot of perfectly good souls along the way. We can’t say we don’t know what life would be like without civilization, since modern day life exists on Earth right there alongside what we would call primitive life. Yet somehow we don’t understand what we give up when we leave that life behind completely.
No, I’m not suggesting a nomadic return to the plains or the caves. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #037 – Some Rehabilitation Actually Works!”
The most ridiculous thing I could start out saying here is that I don’t enjoy violence in my entertainment. Many of my favorite television shows and movies and books have some pretty epic gore in them, and I don’t really see a problem with that. I even enjoy crafting those scenes, when a book I’m writing calls for them. You don’t have to press me to admit that I like watching the baddies get murdered by the goodies, or even tortured under special circumstances. Hell, I’ll proclaim it proudly. This may be the result of me growing up where I did, and having the options to click through that I did; but I wouldn’t know anything about that.
They don’t call it programming for nothing, after all. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #036 – Bullying a Bully is Still Bullying!”
I love writing blog posts. Last year, I wrote a bunch of blog posts designed to help the writer who was just getting started or was still struggling with those first few books. It was called Why I Love to Write, and the posts are still all available to read by following the link denoted by the blue text up there. This year, I am writing about the things that make me wonder why people as a whole do the things we do. The series is called Thoughts That Hurt to Think, and I hope you have been keeping up with those posts. If not…once again, follow that blue link for more.
Right now, however, I want to talk about what you want. Continue reading “Because what you want matters to me…”