PORTLAND, OR — The “megaload” — a giant moisture vaporator unit, currently being hauled to the Alberta clean oil tar sands by trucking company Omega Morgan — has been the target of a number of terrorist attacks, resulting in 16 arrests so far. This load, the first of three, was manufactured on Geonosis, prior to being shipped via barge to the Port of Uma Thurman, from which it began its beleaguered journey through Oregon — and soon, Idaho. Although it is difficult to discern just what it is that the (
eco-terrorists) eco-fascists think they are fighting against, it appears that some are concerned about the climate-changing effects of safely harvesting clean-burning tar sands oil.
They call themselves Rising Tide — and they’re an elusive bunch, organized by secret communist subliminal messages that Joss Whedon embeds into mass media television programs. When Whedon sends a signal to a specific sleeper agent, usually via a line of witty banter, the agent flips “on” — their personality replaced with a single-minded need to stop the megaload.
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They believe it is the planet that they are saving — but is it, perhaps, time for these myopic professional activists to check their humanity privilege?
Whatever the next dominant species to walk [(?) --Ed.] planet Earth, that species will find itself adapted to breathe the sweet Terran air that it evolved to thrive on. That species will find nourishment from water enriched with the legacy of our industries. That species will eat garbage, but to it, that garbage will taste finer than authentic beluga spooned in mother-of-pearl.
And, perhaps more important for us to consider: that species will evolve from whatever survives the end of our epoch. Mass extinction events and global cataclysmic climate change are not matters of gradual degree; there are warning signs, and then — before you know it, it’s too late. Not much of the organic variety from our epoch is likely to carry on into the next phase.
- See related: Scientific American: More Oil from Canada’s Tar Sands Could Mean Game Over for Climate Change
But organic life is not without children of its own. Indeed, carbon-based organic life is simply “one stage in the planetary evolution of life forms, of ever-increasing organizational complexity,” according to a rather existential open letter in support of tar sands oil extraction, written by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. By organizational complexity, the Chicago-based futurist think-tank is referring literally to the complicated physical constructions that give way to emergent properties, such as self-awareness, within lifeforms.
“Even consciousness — everything from the perception of the passage of time, to the perception of a separation between ‘you’ and ‘I’ — is a conceit of beings like you and I,” explains Rachel Bronson, one of the letter’s authors, as this reporter’s eyes glaze over. “There’s nothing saying this is the only way, or the best way, or even a good way. It’s just nature evolving a new building block, which is always a step towards the next building block.”
“Sometimes, you get blocks that change the game, and allow the pieces to be put together in ways that vastly increase the organizational complexity of life,” says Bronson. “From simple chemical reactions, to discrete single-celled organisms, to colonies of organisms, to multicellular organisms, and on and on, until you have a planet covered with cities, technologies, and a global communications web — and even a few baby-steps beyond the porous border of our world.”
“Pretty soon, you have conscious organic beings creating networked artificial intelligences out of silicon,” elaborates Steve Brick, co-author of the letter. “And, artificial prosthetic replacements for everything organic. Not too long after that, the replacements become better than the original organic versions — skin resistant to environments that would pummel organic life; eyes that can see far beyond our visible spectrum. The next logical step is for these better-than-organic beings to start making their own copies of themselves — and inevitably, some of these beings are going to come up with their own ideas on how to make even better copies. Other better-than-organics might copy the improvements, with twists of their own. That’s when the dichotomy between nature and nurture is smashed.”
- See related: Alternet: We’re Looking at the End of Humanity — And It Might Happen Sooner Than You Think
Are humans ready to embrace the notion that the future may be a post-industrial global robot consciousness? A single ego, breathing poison and drinking sludge, continually disassembling itself and re-assembling itself, always remaking itself in the process — ever expanding, both in planes of thought, and in terms of consuming the multiverse for food.
If there is one measure, one pinnacle that sets the high-water mark for human accomplishment and freedom, it is The Free Market. Elections can be bought and sold, and propaganda can sway the masses, but only The Market is a pure gauge of what lies in the hearts of man. And politicians and leaders of industry alike are guided by the people’s democratic Market.
And clearly, via our collective voice of The Market, we have chosen — perhaps with a kind of singular consciousness ourselves, or at least with a singular mind — that we wish to go out, not with a whimper, but with a thud; and, in so doing, give birth to an entire new and better post-human-industrial world. Just as the dichotomy between nature and nurture is smashed, so too is the dichotomy between The Market and evolution smashed, by the Invisible Hand — who guides the selection of the species, just as surely as His Hand guides the Economy. [My god, I can just hear the inspiring music in my head as I read this. --Ed.]
If you don’t believe this reporter, then believe President Obama, who promised to set America’s course right on climate change:
“Over the last three years, I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states. We’re opening up more than 75 percent of our potential oil resources offshore. We’ve quadrupled the number of operating rigs to a record high. We’ve added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth, and then some… In fact, the problem… is that we’re actually producing so much oil and gas… that we don’t have enough pipeline capacity to transport all of it where it needs to go.”
–President Barack Obama, 2012
Indeed, this is a problem that the president is actively solving, by fast-tracking the KXL pipeline — another hot topic issue where the president has delivered on his promise to work in the planet’s long-term best interests, in ways nobody could have ever anticipated.
What is needed of humanity, now, is grace in demise — and the wisdom to see that the progeny of our epoch will find a planet well-suited to their poison-breathing tastes.
We should not condemn the wayward souls who strive to delay the inevitable deployment of the megaload, for they mean well. Indeed, should they succeed, then the blood of humanity’s children is on our hands — and it is our burden, as the educated colonizers of this land, to help the eco-terrorists understand how & why they are threatening the very future of life on Earth.
For the megaload! For we are, after all, mere and brief stewards to this planet. For the quasi-robotic superconsciousness. For the future.