The existence of humans and the theories of existentialism can sometimes bifurcate the meaning from the metaphysical good to hypothetical evil. The word is highly misused by people trying to make a intellectual point. Where the actions of humans have consequences are either for good or for evil. So they hear a big word like existential and run off and use it over and over. For example, Greta Thunberg is starting to use the word existential in her prepared climate change scripts.
You’ll hear the climate crisis people claim that global warming is an existential threat to the planet. The reason is that global warming is man made. No other facts need apply. Don’t believe in observational data because the science is settled. Any deviation from the gloom and doom orthodoxy is labeled as heretical deniers. Global Warming is caused by humans, case closed. PERIOD!
According to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the current scientific consensus is that long and short-term variations in solar activity play only a very small role in Earth’s climate. Yet throughout the history of the planet, we’ve had ice ages and other climate variations where humans were not in existence. Then how does the IPCC explain the changing seasons now that humans do exist. The earth revolves around the Sun in one solar year.
Today, the Earth’s axis is tilted 23.5 degrees from the plane of its orbit around the sun. But this tilt changes. During a cycle that averages about 40,000 years, the tilt of the axis varies between 22.1 and 24.5 degrees. The astronomical term describing the angle of tilt of the Earth’s axis of rotation is called obliquity. It is the angle between the plane of the Earth’s equator and the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. In other words, the earth’s orbit wobbles around the Sun. The Sun also wobbles due to the gravitational pull of the planets. This results in a substantial change in the earth’s climate during the solar year. So the IPCC is demonstrably wrong about solar activity effecting the climate.
My point is that everything now is an existential threat. With emphasis on threat. If something is existential, it has to do with human existence. If you read Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and others, which emphasizes the individual as a free agent responsible for his or her actions. It waters down the meaning of global warming as an existential threat to anything, even the planet. It’s subjective that global warming is only man made. The observable climate is an individual’s perspective. It doesn’t necessarily follow a rule that everyone will agree with as a scientific conclusion, because there is no consensus in science. That’s the point of using words that people have run to google to find the meaning. It’s just another way of promoting climate hysteria.
Speaking of existential threats, did anyone hear what loony bloomy Bloomberg said? He’s the billionaire, and former mayor of New York city, that is attempting the buy the Presidential elections. In a series of interviews he said some interesting things. US billionaire Michael Bloomberg has spoken out in support of Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying Xi is “not a dictator” and the Communist Party “listens to the public” on issues like air pollution. Apparently, loony bloomy thinks China is a democracy and not a dictatorship.
Next, and not to undone by his mis-characterization of China, loony bloomy said he’d tax the poor for their own good.
In a remarkable of out-of-touch statement, loony bloomy said taxing the poor will help them live longer. WUT?
Condescending and elitists statement, loony bloomy said, “Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life.” My question is how can the poor get an education and enjoy life if the government keeps taxing them? Loony bloomy is known for taxing sugary drinks and some foods he believes is bad for your health. Talk about an existential nanny state government. Oops!
Let’s talk about existential creepiness. Creepy Joe Biden said this gaffe at a public recreation area in front of kids and cameras.
Wow, it’s going to be an interesting 2020 election year
In Hawai’i today we had a fairly rainy day with high surf conditions. Temperatures in the low 70’s and humidity at 75%. Little to no sunshine today. It’s expected to clear up, but forecasts predict more rain throughout the week.