Note — Jan 19, 2020

Pictures of the World on Fire Won’t Shock Us for Much Longer

On Twitter Jay quoted the highlighted bit below and yes, I am disturbed by it. Mark O’Connell on how real and how pressing climate collapse suddenly is, and how we might stop being shocked all too soon.

It also made me think of what life is basically like now: a calm foreground with an inferno on the horizon. […]

Yet the most disturbing thing about the images of the fires is not that they might signal the end of the world, but that they might signal how the world will continue. That we might just get used to large parts of the planet being on fire, and even larger parts of it being underwater. And more disturbing still, that we might harden our hearts against the people who live and die in the floods and the fires.