Vice had me with that title. I’m fascinated by problems bigger than our individual minds can handle. Sometimes it takes a village. Sometimes it’s just unknown and we have to charge forward.
With that being said, the Vice piece chronicles David Wallace-Wells’ new, horrifying book about climate change - The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. Vice reported Geoff Dembicki writes that the book “sets out to describe, in vivid and nightmarish detail, the hellscape that earth will become if we do not radically cut our greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decade.”
When asked essentially how Wallace-Wells manages to sleep with all this knowledge bouncing around in his brains, he said:
I think there is good in accepting anxiety. Lately, we want to push it away. Take some pills. Meditate. But that anxiety can spur action. It can be the butterflies you need to know you want to ask for someone’s number. Or the nerves that make you want to nail that presentation without stuttering through.
Writing gives me anxiety. But I do it anyway. To see what happens on the other side. Because sometimes we just need to make some moves on the things we can barely wrap our minds around.