Why Aren’t We Panicking?

  1. A gunman killed 21 people in a school on Tuesday. The following day, students at 200 schools walked out at noon, which might seem like something, until you look it up and confirm that there are 90,000 schools in the US, meaning students at less than a quarter of 1% of schools protested. The fact that students were even there to walk out shows that pretty much every parent in the US sent their kids to school the day after the second worst school shooting in US history, and those kids obediently went, even though there is nothing — absolutely nothing — to prevent them from being subject to the exact same form of violence.
  2. The West is running dry. Lake Mead and Lake Powell are at some of their lowest levels ever recorded (especially for so early in the year), and yet California water usage in cities was up 19% in March. Let that sink in — people in Southern California are living through one of the worst water crises in recorded history, and they’re doing less than nothing about it.
  3. COVID test positivity rates are around 11%, the third highest rate since testing became routine; and yet people are flying around the country at rates just 10% off of 2019 highs. Public health measures related to masking or other curbs on things like indoor dining are all but non-existent.
  4. Half of the US is experiencing unprecedentedly high temperatures for this time of the year, less than a year removed from a heat dome that shattered temperature records in the other half of the US and Canada. India and Pakistan just baked under unlivable heat. I can’t concisely summarize all of the behaviors we aren’t changing in response to this, but one telling stat: daily worldwide demand for crude oil is almost back to the levels of 2019, which marked a record high after 11 straight years of increases.

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Giuseppe Borghese III

Giuseppe Borghese III

I want to build a better human. One that can survive the troubles of our own making. One less insufferable than the narcissistic monster of today.