Manhauling a wounded friend outside the
New York Public Library.
I watched The Day After Tomorrow the other
night. The movie portrays quick and massive
environmental disaster on a world scale.
It snows in New Dehli, multiple tornadoes
hit Los Angeles, there is 12 feet of snow
in most of Europe. And as if that is not
bad enough, 3 mega-storm centers merge to
bring the Earth back to a new Ice Age. Jeez,
and I thought I was pessimistic.
As far as I know the science was completely
exaggerated. Not that any of that stuff couldn't
happen, but it wouldn't happen within the short
time period portrayed by the movie. It was a
movie, after all, and certain things were needed
to keep a story together. But nevertheless
that kind of thing could occur — not in months
but quite possibly in the span of a century.
I think the damage is currently too great. That
there is simply not enough time, given our nature
as human beings, to turn things around to prevent
major disaster. Already we are in the 25th hour.
I guess that's one thing about the movie that I do
think was accurate.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
— William Shakespeare, The Tempest.