We are, it would seem, living in a new time of madness.
It’s not the first time of madness I’ve lived through. The 1960s was also a time of madness. After two or three years of sixties’ madness, I wanted out. It had simply all got too crazy for me. I started making a big effort with my university studies, and began to follow a path of science. That’s when I got into computing, and started building heat flow models. I wanted something that was cold and rational, not something that was crazy.
Back then, while half the young people were going harmlessly crazy, the adult population remained sane and sober and sensible. And eventually the collective madness of the 1960s played itself out, and most young people found their way back to sanity.
And now, 30 or 40 years later, madness is once again stalking the land. But this time it’s not the madness of pot-smoking kids, but the madness of large sections of the adult population. It could be that it’s really just the madness of the 1960s that has grown up to become an adult madness, and the inmates have taken over the asylum. Whatever way, we no longer have the sane and sober and sensible adult population that we had back in the 1960s. What we’ve got now is institutional madness at all levels of society.
What else is happening when a young mad girl like Greta Thunberg is fêted by politicians around the world? I don’t think global warming alarmist climate scientists are mad, but I think that they have started a wave of hysteria perfectly exemplified by the likes of Greta Thunberg.
Another example I read about yesterday:
Apparently, medicine is being invaded by social justice warriors (SJWs), a remarkable group of people who manage to destroy everything they touch. At “woke” medical schools, curricula are increasingly focused on social justice rather than treating illness. Got that? Social justice over illness.
The American College of Physicians is becoming obsessed with gun control (as if guns “cause” injury) and global weather phenomena. As Dr. Goldfarb observed, “During my term as associate dean of curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school, I was chastised by a faculty member for not including a program on climate change in the course of study.”
What’s to be expected of the medical profession when the World Health Organisation believes that there’s a tobacco epidemic? Smoking bans are a case of collective medical madness. The first antismoking doctor I ever encountered, Dr W, was – in my opinion – a very deeply disturbed man.
In fact, all this is nothing new. It would seem that us humans regularly undergo periods of collective madness far worse than any we’re currently enduring. For example WW1 and WW2 have always seemed to me to bouts of global collective madness. What else is happening when millions of men fire machine-guns at each other for years on end in the fields of Flanders? It’s crazy.
And wasn’t the accompanying Russian revolution another bout of madness? And of course Hitler and the Nazis a few years later?
I was listening yesterday to the Hungarian-born American political scientist George Friedman talking about how prosperous and peaceful Europe had torn itself to pieces in 1914, and how the European Union was a subsequent attempt to prevent it ever happening again, and how he didn’t think it would succeed, and there was trouble brewing in Europe. He thought the problem was nationalism. I didn’t agree (I think the problem back then was imperialism, not nationalism), but a lot of people do.
And I was reading the Czech economist and politician Vaclav Klaus:
People may be sometimes wrong, the history of science proves it. But in the past the spread of both rational and crazy ideas and ideologies was much slower. The scientists and their fellow travellers did not have internet, facebook and twitter and were not able to establish such a powerful lobbying community as it is now. The political system has never been so open to irrational ideas. We are confronted with a non-spontaneous climate psychosis which is a new phenomenon. It is organized and politically backed these days.
“Climate Psychosis” is a good name for it, at least as exemplified by Greta Thunberg. But this time the craziness is institutional, and it’s everywhere. There’s the Trump Derangement Syndrome. And there’s No-Deal Brexit Madness.
Last but not least, somewhere I’ve been before, but this time it’s Alex Jones arguing with flat-earthers:
Unfortunately, it seems to me that our current episode of collective madness is only getting worse.
Back in the 1960s time of madness I started building heat flow models. And now, in our new time of madness, I’m building heat flow models again, and for the same reason that I did back then: I want to look at things (in this case, climate) coldly and rationally and dispassionately. I’m not sure it’ll do much good though. What’s happening now is much worse, and much more dangerous, than anything that was happening in the 1960s.