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One in five people on this planet smokes tobacco, fully cognizant of the associated ill-health risks. 80% of smokers are men. According to scientists, smoking is considered the second greatest cause of premature death after high blood pressure. Ill effects to non-smokers from passive smoking have also been proven.
People know about the long-term health risks but refuse to quit the toxic habit. It’s addictive, and a curiously self-destructive choice for people to take up in the first place, let alone quit after years of practice. Sadly, this appears to be the way for at least a billion people on this planet today.
Similarly, scientists are telling us that drastic climate change – caused by the excessive amount of greenhouse gases entering the Earth’s atmosphere due to human activity, is imminent by 2030. The scientific evidence for rapid climate change is compelling, with a dramatic rise in global temperatures seen over the past 35 years, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, glacial meltdowns, decreasing snow coverage, rising sea levels, shrinking icecaps in the Arctic, acidification of oceans and increasingly extreme weather events like floods, droughts, heatwaves, bushfires, etc.
With 2019 on course to be in the top three warmest years ever recorded, climate summits such as those held by the United Nations in Madrid, yield a universal rejection by world leaders to take any serious action to reduce greenhouse emissions. It’s a peculiar situation given all the statistical data provided by leading scientists.
Why? Because people refuse to act on risks and dangers that are going to require a lot of right-now sacrifice for a down-the-line payoff. The seductiveness of satisfying our current comforts and conveniences contradicts our long term values and people just aren’t going to put themselves out unless they’re absolutely forced to. Many will refuse to budge even if, say, the coast guard warns of an oncoming hurricane. It’s what’s known as the optimism bias, and it’s part of the human dissociative complex.
It all comes down to one asking themselves “do I feel vulnerable?” For the most part, we can’t see ourselves perishing from any danger so ultimately, that shapes our behaviour.
What do you believe about the dangers of tomorrow? Are they worthy enough to make you change your daily habits or do you feel lucky, willing to take a chance and hold things as they are, even against scientific warnings?
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