Rethinking the World for Survival

Our indigenous knowledge suggests where we went wrong

Mike Meyer

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Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ November 19, 2022

The scary thing about climate disaster is that it is on a planetary time scale. The fundamental problem is that it is a hyperobject beyond our grasp. Hyperobjects are too big, complex, and interrelated in too many ways to easily understand.

If you try to understand what is happening and how bad it is, you quickly discover it is a massive hairball coughed up by a galactic cat. Any strand you pull brings along the whole vastly messy thing.

This drives people who are not inclined to logical analysis and problem-solving crazy. The result is to ignore it as long as possible, give up and say we are screwed, focus on one possible solution, or declare the whole thing a conspiracy.

The nature of a hyperobject is that it cannot be simplified and solved. So that leaves those of us who work at understanding and communicating these things to better our hopes for survival or, at least, reduce the misery to be faced by our kids and grandkids forced to endlessly repeat ourselves.

The failure to grasp this hyperobject leads even knowledgeable people to the same repetition of basic scaling errors. We seem unable to break free of tail chasing irritated by those who fail to grasp the understandable fundamentals.

This discussion is an example: MIT Space Bubbles Would Fully Reverse Global Warming. This is logical and scientific and may work, but it is focused solely on warming. At an estimated .5 percent of the global GDP, it is not unaffordable, but there are many eggs in one basket with potential unforeseen side effects at a massive scale. That is true of most every climate engineering model.

I have great difficulty envisioning the global political process that would achieve this. But wait, that is part of the hyperobject, too.

It is not just a process for making that decision but the fact that our political and nation-state structure is incapable of doing it. So doesn’t that need to be solved first?

We also need to determine the proportions of the geopolitical payment assessment after the political system reformation. And that…

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Mike Meyer

Writer, Educator, Campus CIO (retired) . Essays on our changing reality here, news and more at https://rlandok.substack.com/