It amazes me how there are some people who grasp on to some of the dumbest things and simply won’t let go.
It feels as though frustration and anger permeates our society these days.
Everyone is looking for someone to blame for perceived slights and injustice. And, boy can those scapegoats get weird. The current debate about the global environment is a great example. The are factions who are on either extremes of the debate. And wow, do they ever cling to their respective positions. How interesting would it be to if we could actually work together a bit. There is so much energy wasted by simply occupying extreme positions. Then there is my Dad. He is so mad about the R 22 Freon ban which is mere months away. He has an ancient heat pump he has nursed along for some 20 years. And he is most certain that this heat pump will run until the end of time. Doesn’t seem to matter to him that he is paying through the nose on utilities. He instead is convinced there is government conspiracy aimed at taking away his R 22 refrigerant. I’ve attempted to explain what Freon does to our ozone layer. We even went online to read the studies about what hydrochlorofluorocarbons do to wreck the only thing that keeps us from being burnt to a crisp by the sun. Dad wants nothing to do with any of it. I tried to frame the argument in a different way. I asked him how he would feel about having his great grandchildren live underground because the ozone layer was depleted. This caught his attention a bit. He is still convinced that all the lefty greenies were out to get him. But perhaps upgrading the ancient heat pump wouldn’t be all that bad. It was for the kids after all.