Lindsay Curren10 months ago
To me, if positivity is reduced to cheerleading for misguided ideas, then I'm not interested in it.
The best kind of dialogue isn't a new-age mentality where, no matter what spews forth from someone, it gets positive reinforcement, like we are in kindergarten.
I appreciate that these two women have titanic intelligences and fantastic imaginations. I just believe they are radically misapplying them in the service of something untethered to the realities of our times. (At best I can see some merit in trials on growing food in harsh conditions. But this is hardly new.)
The issue is experiments divorced from energy, and hence free from entropy and the like.
In contemporary life most folks regard energy like they regard the air they breathe — they don't think about it, almost ever. With breath, perhaps you think about it in a yoga class. But then, quite naturally you go back to auto-pilot, with breath the background infrastructure to life, indifferent to it unless you're being strangled, choking on food, drowning, or careening in a rapidly descending airplane. Then you care about both breath as a process and air as a chemical on which life depends.
Energy is the same. We think it's limitless, or even if not, that we can withstand the consequences of its burning if just we escape to Mars, or when some fantasy techno solution is peddled that we believe we can roll out over global infrastructure to replace the entire scale what we're currently living with in mere months or years.
The problem isn't the appearance of someone being "less than positive," or not "encouraging" about a project. The problem is not contextualizing a project in the realities in which they must ultimately operate.
Our whole society does it, not just dreamy-eyed scientist-artists who wish to export seven billion folks to another planet (or even an elite cadre of the seven billion, itself a gambit fraught with moral and ethical conundrums).
Sometimes the most positive thing you can say — or hear — is that it's time to go back to the drawing board. In this case, it just might yield a contribution to gardening and food worthy of the likes of permaculture or biodynamic gardening. Cause carrots shipped from 225 million km are gonna cost a lot of clams. Good news for Exxon perhaps. For human grocery budgets, not so much.