I really like this tweet, and one of my favorite people rt'd it, but... Think about this from my perspective.
What the white people brought to this continent was climate change in its infancy.
That worldview that brought slavery, that's definitely the same one that causes cc.
The biggest single difference between slavery and high energy machines is that slavery killed and tortured currently living people, while high energy machines are killing and torturing people not yet born.
They exist for the same reason.
3. Why slavery?
So one man could hog more ground than he could work with his own hands and family.
So he could make more profit than he could earn.
So he could steal earnings from others.
From the end of slavery to the onset of fossil energy powered work was a blink.
Don't pay.
4. I hear every day that there are too many people.
If Bill Fucking Gates didn't own all the best farmland in America there'd be a lot more room for the rest of everybody.
Every giant bulldozer tractor exists for the same reason as slaves and overseers. And it is as violent.
5. I not only believe the Earth is alive, we know that most of what's out there was alive 200 years ago. Before we bulldozed and paved it.
There is a derogatory term, "Anthropomorphise." Taking other "lower" life forms as people.
The mistake is exactly the other way around.
7. The dominant worldview de-life-izes humanity, sets us apart as some different thing, waves our conceit that we should transcend this, our planet, our body.
There exists no human who exists apart from Earth and her services, because we are made out of Earth by her services.
8. Explain to me the processes by which a human lives without being constantly exchanged with the rest of Earth. Explain to me the process that results in a human existing which does not also result in every bacteria, protozoa, amoeba, snake, chimpanzee, and whale. From whence?
9. When our (my) white ancestors came here, they came here an brought a worldview which said, I, Civilized Man, am superior to all other life forms.
We still say that.
We don't care that our roads destroy billions upon billions of living creatures, their homes and their Earth.
10. Sure it was fine to chase the living humans off the living land and cut it down and kill it. We were higher. Civilized Man.
Sure it was fine to take people who didn't have plows and anyway, were black almost, and enslave them.
We were Civilized Man.
That is why climate chg.
11. The line from genocide to slavery to ecocide to climate change is all one line.
We brought it here with us from Europe.
We. Are. Not. Superior.
We can have that revelation, or it will be shown to us.
12. Every single voice that says to me, People won't do that, says, "We are superior. Our whims are more important than any other species' existence."
That's it.
Like I keep saying, it's our value system.
Those people who were here before we got here - they were humans too.
13. So the recurrent theme of "human nature" doesn't wash.
They were humans. It was their nature to see themselves as what they scientifically, provably were: component parts of their ecosystem.
As are we.
We have drastically simplified our ecosystem, and complexified our culture
14. But - what we were the day we got here, we still are. Civilized Man.
I don't think it's going to work forever. And frankly, I'm not impressed.

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