What’s scarier than the “climate crisis”? How about Mutually Assured Destruction?
Greta Thunberg — the 16-year-old who delivered a terrified speech at the United Nations last week — has no memory of what it was like to live under the threat of a real crisis. Of Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles topped with multiple-entry thermonuclear warheads appearing on the radar and 15 minutes later, the End of the World. Much scarier than computer-model-predicted increases in global temperatures.
Children who grew up in the Cold War era do remember. But they weren’t on the verge of a nervous breakdown over it, as Greta and other kids today appear to be. They have, as Greta said in her speech, lost their childhoods. But not because of the “climate crisis.” They are the victims of a parenting crisis.
These kids have grown up believing The End isn’t just near — it’s almost here — because the adults around them constantly tell them it is. Imagine how terrifying this must be to them. How hopeless it must make them feel.
They hear it at school and they hear it at home. On social media. It’s everywhere. There is no respite from the worst-case-scenario’ing of believers in apocalyptic — and imminent — “climate change,” which is now a “climate crisis,” a sudden ratcheting up in terror verbiage.
Children are told the earth will suffer “irreversible” and “catastrophic” consequences within 10 years’ time if drastic action isn’t taken right now.
No wonder Greta is frantic. She believes in the bogeyman, and instead of calming her down the adults around her are egging her on.
Kids of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s were aware of the threat of nuclear war but weren’t as enervated by it, for several reasons. The main one being that they weren’t presented with worst-case-scenario’ing literally every waking moment of their lives. The news came on at 6 p.m. It wasn’t on all day.
There was no social media. People — kids and adults — lived their lives. They didn’t live in fear of their lives.
Imagine an ’80s parent subjecting a pre-teen to nightly — and daily — lectures about the throw weight of a Soviet SS-20 missile, fallout patterns and the like. Stories about the evil men with their fingers hovering over the button. It could happen anytime. Maybe even tonight.
That kid would be a nervous wreck, too.
But Cold War kids weren’t subjected to such treatment. If anything, the adults around them — parents and teachers — calmed their fears by explaining that MAD wasn’t likely to occur; that cooler heads would prevail. If the subject even came up.
Greta and her entire generation have been subjected to what arguably constitutes child abuse. It would be cruel to subject any child to a steady diet of hysterical eschatological preaching. Let alone a child who — reportedly — suffers from development disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and autism.
Plus off-the-charts anxiety.
And this would be objected to — by the same people who are egging Greta on — but only if it involved the preaching of an unacceptable religion.
Imagine a child shown images of aborted fetuses and lectured daily about God’s wrath and his certain justice. Such a child would be very Greta-like. Terrified, tremulous — and righteous. But it’s doubtful she would be allowed to address the United Nations.
The religion of “climate change” — which is now a “crisis” — is a different matter. Nuance isn’t allowed. Questions aren’t allowed.
That would amount to denial, a religious term used to silence questions and — if this is allowed to proceed — quite possibly something much worse. In times past, those who denied received truths weren’t merely silenced.
They were sometimes killed.
Which follows, if you accept the logic of the religious argument. The denier is a heretic at best and evil at worst. Greta herself used the term in her speech. She said: “If you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil.”
Note her messianic certainty and the veiled threat contained in her Manichean exclamation.
“You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”
This is scary stuff if you’re an adult.
One is reminded of what was done to children in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge took power. Here is an excerpt from an account written by a survivor, Teeda Butt Man (from the book "Worms Under Our Skin"):
“They encouraged children to find fault with their own parents and spy on them. They openly showed their intention to destroy the family structure that once held love, faith, comfort, happiness and companionship. They took young children from their homes to live in a commune so that they could indoctrinate them.”
The Cold War was nothing compared to what may be coming.
Greta is watching.