An Anekāntavāda Allegory, or, Seven Ways of Looking At An Energy Emergency
1. Nothing but a Chinese communist conspiracy. Or the eco-socialists. Or feminists. Anarchists. Antifa. Homosexuals. Jews. Muslims. No, just the Palestinians. No, no, the Greeks too. Syrians. Heathens. the Liberals. Quebeckers. Quakers? No, Quebeckers. And Trudeau. 2. Well, yes, things are pretty bad actually really bad, yeah really, really bad actually, but, you know you have only yourself to blame and, of course, your neighbours and their neighbours (you should all just hold your breath) but in the meantime if you could just only be more thrifty scrimp and save more efficiently and responsibly we have some sparkly electric cars speeding windmills, solar mirrors, and all the other things you love in green for your bubble or pod or whatever else we gave you to make you feel special and speaking of which we have some very attractive investment opportunities for you so you too can feel like us but not quite so evil. 3. They came and took everything and set the rivers on fire rivers that flow to the seas. 4. From out of a hole in the ground wiggling, sniffing like a mole, the shadow fluttered and floated and then soared like an angel from eighty-four tera-joules to two hundred and forty thousand tera-joules to 576,000,000 tera-joules to . . . and bombs dropping to the South like eagle shit. 5. Lucky for you if you can pass for them leave through their gates of gold leave on the waves of the dead ocean for the light of dead stars, o world leaders of the law of white lies. 6. The chasm in the earth runs deep on one side are the few who take everything for themselves and lay the land to waste with their palaces and citadels their drive-throughs and their fortresses on the other side where toxins flow with the tide there and only there regeneration springs. 7. You have taken everything from the garden and from the deeps in return you send us your poisons and your terrors. Even if you don’t know we know who you are you who are fastidious with all your accounts.