Monday, September 30, 2019

Catastrophic Thinking Without Solutions

From Ben Shapiro at Townhall:
In July, Adam Grant, organizational psychologist at Wharton Business School, tweeted: "Agendas aren't driven by problems. They're driven by solutions. Calling out what's wrong without proposing ways to make it right is complaining." 
This week, complaining was the order of the day. 
The complaining was largely done by enthusiastic minors, to the raucous applause of Democratic politicians and the media. Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old activist from Sweden, appeared before a UN climate summit to chide the adults in catastrophic terms usually reserved for bad B-disaster flicks: "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. ... We are at the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?" One student intoned at a weekend rally, "All of our futures are in jeopardy." Another student said, "We will be the last generation to survive." 
This, of course, is nonsense. We will not be the last generation to survive. The world will keep on spinning. The damage from climate change is uncertain -- it may be moderate, and it may be graver. But to suggest, as ralliers did, that the world will end without ACTION! (no specific action recommended) is factually untrue. (Read more.)


julygirl said...

The complainers 'cry wolf' so frequently, clutch their pearls and try to shame the rest of us, that their cries are falling on deaf ears. Our area had a brief power outage today, (20 minutes), and someone blamed it on global warming.

elena maria vidal said...

People have lost all common sense.