Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Is This Margaret Wente's Worst Column Ever?
In the course of her long and sordid career Margaret Wente has written some terrible stories.
In her inimitable style, half click bait, half snooty Marie Antoinette.
Some written by her, some plagiarized.
But I do believe that this could be her worst column ever.
For this one is so bad it's practically bestial.
Watch out. There’s another apocalypse looming. This time it’s the plants and animals. Our destructive habits, along with global warming, are laying waste to the Earth. According to the experts, we are on the brink of a mass extinction – one that could wipe out a million species.
Is there any silver lining to this story? Maybe. Human beings might be wiped out‚ too, and that, in many people’s view, would be a good thing.
For it takes a bestial nature to trivialize the impending disappearance of so many plants and animals, when they contribute so much to the world we live in.
Or accuse scientists of using their reports as click bait, to attract readers like she does.
Unfortunately, the people who issue these reports believe that catastrophizing is the only way to get our attention. That’s why there’s so much of it. We have only 12 years to bring the planet back from the brink! More than two degrees of warming would devastate the Earth!
Or worse, to mock young Greta Thunberg...
Ms. Thunberg, who has autism, learned about the starving polar bears in school. By the time she was 11, she had begun to absorb the enormity of climate-change sin. “I became ill. I fell into depression, I stopped talking and I stopped eating. In two months, I lost about 10 kilos of weight. Later on, I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, OCD and selective mutism. That basically means I only speak when I think it’s necessary,” she told one TED audience. Naturally, she has already been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Who although she is only sixteen is already a much better human being than Wente is or ever will be. And an inspiration to young people everywhere.
And as for this, it's such nonsense it might as well have been written by Wente standing on her head with a pencil in her mouth.
Green alarmism, of the type peddled by Ms. Thunberg and many others, is instilling a message of hopelessness in an entire generation of kids. These people believe the world is divided between the righteous (them) and the damned (everybody else). But the worst part is that their worldview is deeply anti-human.
When in fact it's the anti-human cynicism peddled by people like Wente that makes the young feel hopeless. Feel that nothing can be done to change their future and the fate of the world they will inherit.
And the good news?
The young can and save the world, and hopefully many of those threatened plants and animals.
And Wente herself may be on an endangered list.
The Globe and Mail has offered its employees a voluntary severance program in an effort to cut costs. Globe employees were told Wednesday that the newspaper is looking to cut $10 million annually from its operating budget.
A Globe spokeswoman says employees have until May 29 to enrol in the voluntary program and the company will decide in July if involuntary layoffs are necessary.
One can only hope that she will be the first out of the door, or the first to fly out of the window.
For the Globe deserves better.
And so do we...