A Distinct Parallel

It's tough to be self-educated on environmentalism and ecology - the relationships between living organisms and their relationship to their sustaining environment. This includes humans - which we are conveniently inclined to forget.

A case in point is the fact that mass immigration is driving America's population to double within the lifetimes of children born today. The environmental consequences of immigration-driven population growth will be significant and cannot be ignored, no matter how hard we try to do so.

Those aware of this dynamic are subject to a heavy burden, unless they try to callously disassociate themselves from this knowledge.

The great naturalist Aldo Leopold put it this way:

One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.


It's been pointed out that there is a distinct parallel with the direction Western Civilization has taken over the past several decades. All of the societal, political, and demographic disruption hasn't occurred in a vacuum. There are serious consequences to all of this that future generations will suffer. Yet a frighteningly large proportion of our fellow citizens are oblivious to them. Without a course correction, these follow citizens are soon to become "fellow subjects."


New Neo expounded on this in the post Sadness:

This is about dictatorial abuse of power. This is about that which EVERY moral, patriotic American should be united in opposition. Regardless of their policy preferences.

Indeed, they should be, but they are not. If they were, none of this would be happening and/or attempts at it certainly wouldn’t be successful. But for such a long time the public has been subjected to so much propaganda from the left, and education in civics and government has been so lacking, that close to half of America doesn’t see it that way. And even if they did, what would they be able to do about it?

So I’m sad. But I have been sad about this now for years. And I haven’t utterly given up hope. Just because I don’t see the way forward doesn’t mean that there isn’t a way forward. Life is unpredictable, and history unforeseeable for the most part.

One of the commenters to this blog post observed:

The deepest root of the problem is that we just don't have enough people who want to be citizens of a republic. They hardly even know what those words mean. It certainly isn't what progressives mean by "our democracy."