The BBC’s magazine programme A Point of View this week was from John N. Gray – a comment on our modern world illustrated by topical reference to F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
The passage that jumped out was (bold mine):
Human beings live by suggestion, not calculation. Societies and economies don’t change like machines that function according to known laws. They’re more like dreams, which come and go for reasons the dreamer can’t perceive. Over the course of time […] the world that has been created by the dream turns out to be an illusion.
Gray, a political philosopher is unlikely to agree with my viewpoint and is an unlikely source of words to apply to CAGW, but the take-over of our society by the insistent drum of climate alarmism is so complete that, as we attempt to describe its effects, there is often value in quotes from unlikely sources. Having sold the world a dream (environmental nightmare, political and economic weapon) it turns out it has been based on supposition and extrapolation of incomplete understanding.
The catastrophe was a meme. Now we come down to earth with a bump.