Tony’s brand of fatalism
March 24, 2002
In the very same issue of The Aspen Times that treated us to Tony Hershey’s latest rant against train advocates was an article about the collapse of a huge Antarctic ice shelf. “500 million billion tons of sheet ice has disintegrated in less than a month,” read the pullquote.
I suppose it takes visionary inclination to imagine a world where we won’t have to read such headlines. It also takes forbearance to handle realists, as Tony professes to be, who make a religion of futility.
What I hear in Tony’s letter is, “It’s not realistic to act for a societal or environmental vision, so let’s all give up.” And concentrate every resource on perfecting the oil-based medium that delivered us 500 million new icebergs, I assume.
But even free Hypercars won’t fix an autocentric society. It’ll take knowing that a cheap, pollution-free vehicle can still take you nowhere fast.
I expect Tony’s transfiguration won’t happen at a hootenanny. So be it. When it comes to Tony’s visionless brand of fatalism, maybe we should sing, “We Shall Overcome.”
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