Episode 11 – Is the sky falling?

Are we already witnessing signs that the best days for our culture are behind us?  Can one stupid internet joke point to something much sicker about our society?  More importantly…if this is true, then what can I do about it?

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During this week’s episode, Joe mentions a recent story about climate change.  Here’s a link to what he is referring to:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/22/science/2015-likely-to-be-hottest-year-ever-recorded.html?_r=0

Also…Joe mentions a story about the amount of plastic in the ocean – here’s what he’s talking about: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/01/20/by-2050-there-will-be-more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-worlds-oceans-study-says/

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One thought on “Episode 11 – Is the sky falling?

  1. I have to take exception to Bob’s characterization of the Star Wars sign as being trivial. Yes, it is ultimately a spoiler about a science fiction movie, which is not important in the scheme of things, but you have to wonder about the mentality of someone who would do that. He didn’t spill it in a conversation or even take 20 seconds to post on Facebook- he spent his own time and money in creating and applying a 4′ decal with the sole purpose of ruining some people’s fun. That is textbook sociopathic behavior and that is much more disturbing than the movie plot spoiler.

    But, to the larger point about the sky falling, I think we can trot out the old cliche about the news not reporting on the buildings that didn’t burn. Sometimes it seems like the sky is falling because we are living in the moment, but was it any different during the violence of the 60s or the Civil War or the days of Yellow Journalism? Was politics more civil under Tammany Hall or when Charles Sumner was assaulted on the Senate floor? Was the environment better off in the days of Love Canal or before the Clean Air Act? I’m sure it seemed like the sky was falling in all those eras as well.

    There’s always going to be universal challenges, but the fact is that people are living longer and healthier lives, there are more democracies, fewer dictators, crime is down and there are fewer wars going on right now that than at any time in history. It doesn’t seem that way because 24-hour news cycles and the hysteria they bring are, quite literally, in our pockets. To Mike’s wife’s point- it’s always been out there, we’re just more aware of it.

    So, no I don’t think the sky is falling, but I do think there will always be an opportunity for you to be the best you. (See how I tied those together?)

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