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Humoring the Horror of the Converging Emergencies: Climate Chaos! Biology Breach! Species Collapse! Infectious Disease! Resource Depletion! And... Recovery? Paperback – May 17, 2010
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The ApocaDocs, 'Docs Jim and Michael, share CEO, CFO, CIO, and out-of-pocket roles at ApocaDocs.com. They've been friends for 30 years, and have been coediting and copunchlining the ApocaDocs.com website for nearly three years. Both have careers in publishing, both online and in print.
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But let me be clear, this is not a simple rant about how to save the dolphins or stop the BP oil spill. The book is really a data tapestry and an explanation of the mechanics of the interrelated disasters. The authors pull no punches. There are no promises of a remission from disaster if we only follow a preset prescription. We're in it up to our necks and the prognosis is not good.
Though they provide copious remedies for turning the tide if we were to somehow foment large-scale sanity regarding resources, the ApocaDocs aren't holding their breath for more reasoned heads to take charge of the engine of sustainability. In many ways they are just stoically crying out in the wilderness about the impending apocalypse like the prophets of old--not necessarily in hope of averting the disaster, but at the very least to draw our attention to it, and to prepare us mentally and spiritually for the brimstone that has already begun to fall.
"If for some chapters [dear reader], you only thought pshaw--only 20% of what they say is true... Five scenarios, about one fifth right. That's about a 100% likelihood of calamity."
Given that we may be too far gone anyway, Doc Jim and Doc Michael call us home to laugh while we contemplate the irony of our own folly and downfall, steering a tanker-full of rye, graveyard humor in our direction to lighten the load and fuel some perspective on the way to the impending end.
I mean, what's the worst that can happen, right? Earth realizes a 90 percent die-off of all life (including humans), ticks away a fallow period of, say, several million years, and then begins to renew itself once again along a new evolutionary path. So this book kind of "guarantees" you a happy ending, whether we avoid devastation all together (not likely) or bring it fully down upon ourselves (very likely).
If the worst happens, it will happen not because we are evil or undeserving, but rather because we are naïve and gullible in our insistence that we should be able to consume forever without consequences--not unlike a colony of parameciums in a Petri dish. You gotta love and pity an animal that thinks in such a crazy way, and then just laugh, and, ala Groucho, reflect, "Well, I guess we really didn't want to belong to a planet that would have us as a member."
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