Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lost Causes

Lost causes are fascinating human endeavors focused on addressing problems that were perhaps surmountable in the past, but certainly not in the future. Climate change and genetically-modified organisms are perfect examples of social obsession, oriented toward getting the horses back in the barn, after they've galloped over the horizon. We can conceivably preserve a slim chance at slowing the pace of these life-altering changes through new public policies, but that's about it.

While these dramas capture vast attention, the problems we should address in the present, because we have a realistic chance of success, remain off the table. Which leads me to ask if the human species itself is a lost cause.

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