I increasingly worried that I'm witnessing the unfolding of the end of industrial civilization.
There are no conspiracies involved, just people being stupid.
It's become painful to read about politics. Anytime I read the news from some important country* and find that some political party which supports policies that will either not address, or actually accelerate the major crises luming over the human race (fossil fuel depletion, climate change, etc..), have won or are about to win... That feeling of dread fills me.
I'm not going to mince words here, I'm despairing. Anger is fading away, and just being replaced with helplessness, and that sense of dread.
I suppose this thread could have fit just as well in the philosophy forum, because this is getting quite existential, and it's also a bit personal. The end of the world as you know it, well you know it's a thought that kind of brings you down, and it's getting harder from me to avoid thinking about it. I think it's contributing to my state of depression (or is anxiety, or is it really depersonalization?) equally much as my personal/private frustations are. And that's only because of a self-centered bias, as rationally the end of modern civilization and the death of billions of people should depress me a lot more than those things.
I find a lot of Republicans and Democrats in this country treating American politics like football. I see something similar happening in Britain, it would seem. It starts to seem like everyone has forgotten that political matters are fundamentally important things.
But I have no solutions. I have no solutions.
Politics use to be one of my favorite subjects. It's keeping me from enjoying my life now. I don't know how to deal with that, though.
It's funny that I tell myself that if I ignore politics, it would be irresponsible, because then I would be negligent like so many of the idiots I criticize. But then drawing from what I've said, exactly what responsility do I have? Responsibility implies I can do something important. It may just be an old delusion dying hard, I don't know.
I guess everyone's must pass eventually, so why fear losses that will happen in a hundred years more than ones that happen in a trillion years? Both are beyond my life time. But isn't just sad that reading about Republican popular support, or a Conservative majority, would even make me think something like that?
*Important country meaning a larger population, a lot of wealth, and major political influence.