“One of my favorite episodes of this podcast is the one that you did with Judd Apatow. It felt like something that I as a young comic needed to hear. I know for a fact that it helped me. I am like … we … climate change it’s here, the world is ending, like what is the fucking why? Why hide? Why not just tell the truth? We are propelling so rapidly towards the Big D, and that is death. So why not just share your experience and your truth?” (Hannah Einbender, speaking on Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast August 22, 2021)
Ms. Einbender is one of the stars of a show called Hacks, seen on HBOMAX. I’ve not yet seen an episode but may do so now. Those who know me understand that I regard Climate Change as a gigantic hoax that runs alongside Covid as part of the efforts of certain ruling elements to limit human freedom and imprison us, both in mind and body in an unrelenting state of fear. Her comment to Conan O’Brien on this podcast made me stop it in its tracks, and get her statement down in writing.
I am not writing this to belittle Einbender, or to set her straight. She is only 26 years old, and will have, God willing, decades of life ahead of her so that she might look back and see her current dystopian attitude as part of a lifelong learning process.
Below are words from 2003, Michael Crichton speaking before the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco:
I studied anthropology in college, and one of the things I learned was that certain human social structures always reappear. They can’t be eliminated from society. One of those structures is religion. Today it is said we live in a secular society in which many people—the best people, the most enlightened people—do not believe in any religion. But I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form. You can not believe in God, but you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.
Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.
There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.
Eden, the fall of man, the loss of grace, the coming doomsday—these are deeply held mythic structures.
I am trying to remember now, was there ever a time in my life when I sensed doom, that all of life is futile because of a gigantic calamity that is about to befall us?* No, I cannot recall such a time. What it must be like to be so young – Einbender is immersed in the propaganda of Climate Change, and does not know there are far more than just two sides to the matter, or that government, even the UN Panel on Climate Change, might lie to us. How can she know? All of the information, hard data and dissenting voices are censored out of the debate. Her reaction, to fall into a fugue and give up on having a future, is probably what is intended for her.
Ah, Doomsday, with us throughout history. I was taught in grade school that the world would someday end, that idea packaged in the notion that I would be judged at that time and either win or lose, losing involving burning for eternity. That’s a hell of a thing to do to a kid. But shedding those beliefs turned out to be quite easy. Climate Change, reinforced in every direction Einbender might turn, is not so easy. She’s a victim of cruel and unrelenting propaganda. All I had to do to escape Doomsday was to stop going to church. Einbender’s church, environmentalism, will follow her no matter where she goes.
I wish her the best, a long happy life, and remind myself that at age 26, I was far less accomplished than she at that age. To say the least.
* Wait a minute! See Baja Az’s comment below. I forgot all about the bomb, being in school, having to run civil defense drills (Duck and Cover was before my time). Of course! We were doomed!