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Aversion Therapy

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here is an astonishing number of people in this country who believe that climate change is not presently accelerating, which is all the proof you need that the overriding human condition is denial.

It's not their fault, really. Being willfully ignorant has turned out to be a useful key to the eventual success of mankind as a species.

Think about it... it's 500,000 B.C. and you're up in a tree in Olduvai Gorge. If you'd constantly worried about the creatures lurking in the deep grass of the savannah, waiting to crack your skull like a walnut and suck the marrow out of your bones, you'd have fretted yourself into a coronary. Instead, you chose to think about something else, like the ticks investigating your testicles or those bright specks of lights up in the sky.

"Ooooh. Pretty."

Modern man still does the same thing.

We don't think about how that cheeseburger we're having for lunch is contributing to the destruction of the rain forest.


We refuse to accept the harsh and difficult-to-comprehend findings of science because our gods have all the answers.

<Tuneful hymn goes here>

We don't for a moment consider ourselves as a statistically meaningless entity among six billion others as we're too busy assembling a complete collection of commemorative plates.

<Do a little happy dance>

We all realize that the hideous bugblatter beast of Trall will not kill us as long as we have a towel over our heads, knowing full well that it's so stupid that if we can't see it, it can't see us. (Thank you, Douglas Adams)

We still look up at those same lights in the sky but we don't say to ourselves, "I wonder which one is the asteroid that'll make my whole collection of Paris Hilton lunchboxes moot?". But we should.

Luckily for us, there exists a cadre of adults who look at the available data and try to find answers to problems, to keep the wells from running dry, to keep our livers functioning, to care about the continued function of Earth as a cradle for Man. These are the truly evolved humans, the ones who'll have to be dragged kicking and screaming into oblivion.

Bless 'em.


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Raging Pencils salutes the Mystery Readers of
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Whoever you are, thanks for reading my alien little 'toon.

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A blast from the reeking past. The RP from 5-26-08.

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Caption: The problem with living in Area 52 (It's right next door to Area 51)