Doubt it Recon - its born with you.
Yeah - I’ve seen that fear of heights up close - did a few rescues myself in the hills - the person initially cannot move - or think - initially.
Maybe ‘worry and grief’ are not the right words Recon. What I am trying to get at is powerful emotions on our side, channeled, as you say, and for the long haul, also as you say.
Maybe that’s why I got this book by Homer-Dixon, “Commanding Hope”. He is a social scientist, though intimate with his understanding of physical science, from what I can see. I am on chapter four - and I am earmarking so many pages I know this is a good one.
He actually worked with the World3 computer model used by the MIT group to produce “Limits to Growth” (1972) - and that in the punch card days. He says although all the curves are essentially on track to this day, the real distinction is not between renewable vs non-renewable resources like in “Limits…”, but between simple and complex resources, among them social perceptions. He calls it the geography of the mind - and that our ‘worldviews’ can change from optimism to pessimism, and that this is as great a threat as climate change itself.
I agree with that by the way, and have long been interested in this complexity science, as he terms it.
Yes - never quit - period.
I am going to write Homer-Dixon, soon I expect, and thank him for this window on the world of social science.
Churchill called it “fire in the belly”.
That’s what we need - and I believe you are right - we don’t have it yet.
The far right fanatics have that ‘fire’ because they have already allowed their worldview to snap negative.
I am unsure if we can ‘manufacture’ a positive worldview that also has ‘fire in the belly’, or if we have to experience Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” ?