This is the start of a series of articles where you will discover a completely new perspective on Climate Change, far from the reductionist view that the West has been doggedly pursuing for many years, dragging the rest of the world into its way of thinking, and which argues that thanks to humanity, accelerated global warming has begun which will lead us to catastrophe in the near future.
It should also be noted however, that this belief is not unanimously held and that a small group of western scientists opposes this idea in one way or another. We have those who argue against the idea that the main cause of global warming is anthropogenic, understandable given that the increase in temperature has not been continuous since the industrial revolution, those who fail to see clear evidence of such a tragic outcome, and those who believe that the influence of human activity on the climate is entirely negligible.
However, to date, the first approach has overwhelmingly been that adopted by western society, and it can be emphatically stated that for a long time global warming has become synonymous with apocalypse.
This is the moment when anyone who has managed to keep at a safe distance from western ethnocentrism may realise that since ancient times, in western lands, the idea of an imminent apocalypse has been a constant feature of the popular imagination (is science immune to this?) despite the countless premonitions that century after century have failed to materialise. Recently, in 2012 we had the Mayan prophecy and shortly before that was the Year 2000 problem; in fact, there have been no fewer than 160 proclamations of the end of the world throughout history (Pérez Campos, 2012).
Therefore, it would not be out of the realms of possibility to think that what we are seeing seems to be an unchanging, deep-rooted and all-powerful traditional belief, this time disguised as climate change.
However, to accept this truth it is necessary to escape from western ethnocentrism, something which for a long time now has been something of a pipe-dream, because it is all too easy to deify a civilisation that was clearly the first to achieve advances in technology. The Internet, computers, electricity, the railway, television, cars, domestic appliances; inventions and space travel… they even managed to send men to the moon! These are just a few milestones that were out of the reach of the other nations on Earth just a short time ago. It was therefore to be expected that the whole world, including ancient philosophy, would surrender to the status quo emanating from the West and its camouflaged assembly of cultural conditioning, dogmas and traditional beliefs; all of which, needless to say, have very little or no foundation in the modern world.
There would probably be no basis for doubting this were it not for the fact that, behind this fantastic technological development of which they are so proud, western societies are still driven by the same barbaric and irrational dynamics that have characterised them throughout history: warring nations incapable of stopping the endless sequence of deadly military conflicts created by themselves across the planet, destroying an environment without which they cannot live, generating economic inequalities that are so unjustifiably disproportionate that one can but ask if we are now the victims of the worst modern version of that feudalism that the West so boasts about leaving behind.
However, returning to the matter at hand, we can see that, a priori, the probability that history – or should we say hysteria? – is repeating itself is too high, this time using the pretext of global warming to proclaim (yet again) the end of the world.
This is why we must leave the western modus operandi aside, instead returning to simplicity, calmness and moderation; and no less important, we need to avoid making the mistake of hiding cultural influences, because as we have just seen, these can lead us down paths that are far removed from reality.
The first step will therefore be to reject all climatic premonitions proposed to date, in order to ensure that we are immune to western bias.
The second will be to address this issue in the simplest way possible, such as contemplating the Earth from space.
There doesn’t seem to be anything strange at first sight. In fact, this image will be familiar to most people:
However, as we are trying to escape from the western viewpoint, let’s abandon this angle and see what the Earth looks like in the Far East:
However, this viewpoint also fails to provide specific information.
Another possibility would be to see our star from the North Pole, but from there we still see nothing that particularly catches our attention:
And from the South Pole?
And with this harmless gesture, seemingly so irrelevant, so ordinary – and just as we were about to give up – abandoning our focus on the West allows us to notice that conspicuous mass of ice that rules Antarctica. How can we ignore its vast dimensions?
There has been no need to consult the large number of scientific publications on the problem of the century, nor to listen to alarmists or ‘deniers’, nor much less the constant catastrophic messages of the western media on this subject. Looking at the Earth in this way leaves little room for doubt, as such a large mass of ice covering the South Pole can only mean one thing: in principle, global warming could not be harmful for life on a planet that is partially frozen.
As our examination of history has made us suspect, the apocalyptic western culture continues to successfully create spectres, just as it has been doing since ancient times.
Let’s not overlook however, that in the old days it was just as clear to people that the Earth was flat, and that the Sun orbited the Earth. To avoid making the same mistake, in the following chapters we will continue with our analysis, safe from universal groupthink, trusting that we will continue to evade western cultural constraints just as successfully, arguing as they do against all logic that global warming could be harmful for life on a planet that is partially frozen.
The great Way is easy
yet people prefer the side paths
Tao Te Ching