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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted July 08, 2010 at 09:48:03

I don't think the BP disaster has much to do with time blindness... if it was, we'd be getting traction with the "BP disaster was caused by our lust for gas, and we should do something about that".

And we're not.

None of the measures we talk about are gaining any traction. As we speak, the city is positioning to build more sprawl, including a stadium and the aerotropolis.

I think the blindness is about distance in any direction - through time, through phases of translation, through physical distance. In general, out-of-sight, out-of-mind. If you don't directly see the impact of what you're doing in direct connection to doing it, for most people that impact doesn't exist.

There isn't a hose directly pumping crude oil out of your car and onto the nearest baby seagull... so for most people, that visceral connection does not exist. At the Jewelry store, you don't have to pry the diamonds out of hands of little dying African children. Cokeheads don't have to personally shoot Mexican politicians. Non-vegetarians don't (generally) kill their food moments before they eat it. And so on.

Comment edited by Pxtl on 2010-07-08 08:48:57

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