Monday, April 2, 2012

Also an oxymoron: "Foreseeable future."

If more people understood the laws of thermodynamics, we would on the whole be harder to lie to. Listen. The universe is wound up like a big watchspring. We are basking in the waste emissions of a star as it burns itself out. A mill turns because water falls downhill. A bulb glows because a battery is discharging. Rich guys think they create wealth like a toddler thinks his nose creates crunchy snacks. All gain, all profit, is essentially extractive. “Sustainable growth” is an oxymoron; life is parasitic. But still. We can try not to be ugly about it.

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