Joe Biden: “The existential threat of our time: climate change.”
Covid-19 is a crisis. And now climate change is another crisis.
Tobacco smoke is of course another existential threat requiring the lockdown of smokers.
Yet all these supposed threats are unreal. They are all phantoms.
We live in a world of imaginary threats. We live in a world of delusion.
Ours is a demon-haunted world. We may as well still have witches riding through the sky on broomsticks. But now this phantom world is not the product of superstition, but of science. Medical science and climate science.
What’s going to be the next existential threat? There’s bound to be one. Asteroid impacts? Tidal waves? Bubonic plague?
Increasingly I believe none of it. And I suspect that most other people feel the same. It would be different if there were constant thunderstorms, or the streets were filled with corpses, and coastal cities were disappearing under rising seas. But that’s not happening. The threats are all imaginary.