Disclaimer: Am semi-smashed on G and T, and missing the wondrous Mrs Towers. Now, this.
What in Gaia’s name are you waiting for, you climate activists with kids? Do you think they will forgive you your cowardice, ten years hence? Do you think they will think that your “change the system from within” and your “didn’t rock the boat because I was afraid of the financial consequences” will cut any ice when the ice has all melted?
I don’t have kids. I have no “skin in the game.”(1) I got my tubes tied almost a decade ago. Because I knew it would come to this. And guess what – it is coming to this even quicker than I thought, and I am a notorious catastrophiser.
What the hell are you waiting for? You who talk about your young children, or your grandchildren? Do you think they will forgive you? Do you think your smugospheric circle-jerk will absolve you?
We are headed for the catastrophes now. They are locked in. You KNOW this. We are left with the slender hope of developing habits of honesty, of transparency, of resourcefulness. That means we have to build credibility between those who pretend to govern and the governed NOW.
And still you collude in the bureaucratic games. The soothing (to who? Really, in the grand scheme of things – who is soothed, except your worst instincts?) drone of “difficult political environment”, of “mustn’t rock the boat…” Your meetings in secret, your “decisions” and “actions” (hah!!!) unminuted. Your “refreshes” are putrid. Those who know the refreshes are putrid yet will not speak up are most culpable of all. You have not the excuse of ignorance.
The boat that you will not rock has hit the iceberg. You KNOW this. You know it, and yet you just will not try to change the game, change the rules of the game. Or even change the way the game is currently being played. And what do you think your children, whom you do love so dearly, will think when they come to know?
And yet you claim moral status from being “involved,” of “knowing,” of “trying.”
Our goose, as a species, is cooked. Meanwhile, you will not say boo to a goose.
And you expect me not to vomit.
Definition of ‘Skin In The Game’
“A term coined by renowned investor Warren Buffett referring to a situation in which high-ranking insiders use their own money to buy stock in the company they are running. The idea behind creating this situation is to ensure that corporations are managed by like-minded individuals who share a stake in the company. Executives can talk all they want, but the best vote of confidence is putting one’s own money on the line just like outside investors!”