The above vid is an illustration for those “climate change activists” who believe that hydroelectric and/or nuclear power, in other words, dam/ning the world’s rivers and waterways is going to save us. It’s not.
Greta Thunberg is an international “climate change activist” that probably everyone has heard about by now. She is also autistic and shares characteristics with other autistics, namely, she is serious and sullen; nonverbal by default unless she has something important to say; starkly observant, brutally honest. Although still a child she does not suffer fools gladly or at all, and instead is mercilessly critical of the “adults” who have poisoned, penetrated and otherwise wrecked the “climate” (read: planet) we all rely on for survival. Even worse, especially to an autistic like Greta where autistics characteristically respond with an intense Trypophobic-like revulsion to deceit and lies, the Baby Boomer generation (and the generations immediately preceding and following) lied about what they did and continue to do to our shared world, they covered it up, they continue the lies and cover-ups even as they smile (or cry, or don’t react at all) and lie more and cover up more, right to our collective face.
Greta isn’t falling for it which isn’t odd in and of itself. What’s really odd is that anyone is listening to her, and taking her seriously, a female in end-stage patriarchy, an uncoiffed, disabled nonconsumer and nonworker in end-stage capitalism, a child.
A cynical (or seasoned adult) observer might note that Greta’s story and presence in the cultural conversation has put everyone in their feels and in their imagined political, social and interpersonal power which is right where the “adults” want us to be. In fact I can only conclude that this bizarre spectacle isn’t bizarre at all, but is what. it. looks. like. when end-stage capitalism and patriarchy uses a female autistic to serve its own ends. How can we tell? Because even as she criticizes and shames them, hitting them in their egos and accumulations and rituals (right where it would seem to hurt the most) the “adults” aren’t gaslighting her, they aren’t telling her not to believe her lying eyes, they are encouraging rather than shutting her down, she hasn’t been medicated or institutionalized or driven to suicide or killed. Yet.
(Let’s see how well Greta fares after some time has passed, after a season, a misspent youth or a lifetime of
activism seeing clearly how things really operate and what the consequences are and how little things actually change. Or how particularly capitalism and patriarchy don’t tend to change over time except to reliably get worse.)
Instead of punishing her, the adults and other children who inhabit this failing global politic/planet are hailing Greta Thunberg as an autistic savant, a climate change warrior, an infant Wonder Woman but in my estimation she is just a misguided Cassandra.
If anyone had steered her autistic eagle-eye and formidable social conscience towards, say, radical feminism instead of climate activism when she recognized, essentially, that a global patriarchy has murdered the planet, perhaps Greta and her autistic brain/biocomputer would have come to the correct conclusion sooner rather than later. (That conclusion being that it’s a more or less global patriarchy, not the “adults” that have done us all in, and that the damage is likely permanent). Her biocomputer is likely to put the pieces together eventually though, and by then she and her autism will have been used to their utmost potential (read: used and used up) to maintain the status quo and to achieve absolutely nothing of value to herself or other sentient beings, or to plants, or to single-celled organisms, or to life. Environmental and climate activi$t organizations as well as the
“clean green” apex capitalistic patriarchal nuclear industry (not to mention hydroelectric) will have made bank off Greta’s youth, disability and ignorance as well as that of other children and young people (and older folks too) who were convinced or partially convinced by her endorsement and her analysis and her truth-telling that climate change activi$m was the correct and effective thing to do.
Actually, it’s likely that she and we won’t even live long enough for her to figure it out. Autistics have a notoriously high risk of premature death. And there is plenty of evidence that our planet is not just sick, rather, as of
now decades ago it’s no longer able to sustain life: by some estimates, the entirety of the human species has less than a decade left to exist due to loss of habitat caused by anthropogenic human male caused climate change. But I digress.
What I am suggesting here is that if Greta’s autism, observations and passion did not serve the status quo she never would have been invited to give a TED talk, she never would have been invited to dress-down the United Nations or British Parliament allegedly on behalf of the living planet, she never would have been allowed to speak at all. And the fact that she was and is being allowed and encouraged to speak (a female! And a disabled one at that) is prima facie evidence that she is being used, where her observations may be correct or partially correct but her analysis and conclusions are (unsurprisingly) quite childlike and ultimately supportive of the very
adults capitalistic patriarchal beast she indirectly criticizes. This autistic child is neck deep in the patriarchal meatgrinder being used by disingenuous, profiteering, pro-capitalist pro-patriarchal adults demons and she doesn’t even know it. But being both young and autistic, she wouldn’t, would she.