Late last century, international businesses stopped using the word ‘problem‘. People had gotten fed up hearing it. Hence, new words arrived describing the very same; mostly challenge and issue. In 2022, it seems that every single problem has become a crisis or even a disaster.
Their 1975 album title describes this decade well.
Probably, the album’s artwork fits many people today.
The artwork suggests that going numb is the solution. Is it really??
A problem has a solution and (individual or group) accountability and/or responsibility. A crisis or disaster does not; it’s easy to claim a force majeure or even an act of God. Is that the “message”??
Main contributors to our contemporary scepsis are:
- the Club of Rome (est.1968) issuing its 1972 doom report on The Limits to Growth;
- the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issuing its doom reports since 1990.
- the World Health Organization (WHO) on Covid-19 (c.0.1% global mortality rate per annum) and monkeypox (c.0%).
Over the years, the IPCC changed its term ‘climate change‘ into ‘climate urgency’, and then even ‘climate disaster’. Probably, public awareness still decreased. Moreover, ‘climate change’ is a pleonasm, like ‘green grass’. Earth’s climate has changed for 4.5 billion years. Humans must adapt to Change.
How will we ever believe a serious exaggeration? Oops, another oxymoron.
I’ve become so numb, I can’t feel you there
Become so tired, so much more aware
I’m becoming this, all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you
Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.