Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Feeling the steely gaze of Saint Greta forcing us to face our failure to show proper climate piety.
Why Greta Thunberg triggers the troglodytes among us
By Lauren Rosewarne
Updated Sat at 10:04am
In spending any time probing the blather of bottom-feeders, there’s a danger of amplifying it.
A risk of implying that it’s common, ubiquitouseven. It isn’t. On the whole, it’s not as though The Internet has it in for Greta Thunberg.
The teardowns and tirades aren’t everywhere: in my feed they certainly don’t outweigh all the love and praise, the admiration and all the go you good things.
But there’s an underbelly. A cruel and creepy world where it’s apparently perfectly fine — nay, encouraged — for adults, generally but not exclusively male adults, to shred a 16-year-old to pieces.
Greta ticks all the boxes — triggers the troglodytes amongst us — in some wholly predictable ways.
In considering the source as less than, we can rationalise not paying proper attention. Afterall, the judgment of our inferiors matters little.
And this is what it’s really about. The pigtails and soft voice takes a backseat to the true problem with Greta Thunberg: she reminds us of the litany of our collective failings.
Not just about how we don’t care enough, but that we’re not doing enough. That we’re not outspoken enough. That we’re not sacrificing.
That even if we acknowledge that there’s a climate calamity, we’re not forgoing anything for it.
…Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-28/unpacking-twitter-tirades-why-are-we-triggered-by-greta-thunberg/11545952
Compare the climate hypocrisy of today’s urban greens with the life choices of groups like the Amish, who genuinely choose to live low carbon lifestyles according to their religious beliefs.
Even with Saint Greta glaring at them and telling them off, most greens have no genuine intention of giving up anything they truly value, or making significant personal sacrifices.
But listening to Greta’s uncompromising criticism and wallowing in their personal guilt helps green hypocrites feel like they are taking positive steps towards deciding to act.