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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans

Crisis here. Crisis there. Crisis everywhere.

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.

In 1975, Supertramp released its album Crisis? What crisis? The album title was more about the group dynamics than the environment (source). In 1983, Roger Hodgson left Supertramp.

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??

See Linkin Park song Numb (2003) below.

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:

  1. the Club of Rome (est.1968) issuing its 1972 doom report on The Limits to Growth;
  2. the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issuing its doom reports since 1990.
  3. 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.

Exaggeration, similar to inflation (eg, CPI, job titles), will only numb people. Fear is an excellent manipulator but it’s limited in time. You cannot live in fear forever. You must adapt to reality.

How will we ever believe a serious exaggeration? Oops, another oxymoron.

Numb (2003) by Linkin Park
band, lyrics, video, Wiki-band, Wiki-song

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 (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.

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  1. AnA

    We are adapting but we need to act to stop global warming.. The action of the three international organizations mentioned is insufficient. Every country and every person must think about saving life on Earth. To do something concrete. Numbness, indifference do not bring changea for the better. The chosen song has an interesting message.. valid for couples…” all I want to do
    Is be more like me and be less like you.”okm, Congratulations!

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