Monday, November 05, 2007


World's greatest murder mystery

You know this murder mystery movie formula: the first half of the movie sets up several possible suspects for the murder that has not yet, but inevitably will, occur. You see these several characters behaving suspiciously, acquiring a motive, and positioning themselves to have the opportunity to kill the victim.

Lately I've been feeling like a minor character in a great murder mystery -- just a helpless onlooker. The victim -- not dead yet -- is the human race, or perhaps even the planet earth. The suspects include global warming (or its handmaidens: flood, drought, severe climatic shift); pollution and/or extinction of species vital to the food chain; famine; MERSA, avian flu or some other pandemic; or nuclear terrorism; or a computer virus that shuts down the civilized world; or Putin's new Russia; or overpopulation. We don't quite know yet which one will get us.

Just another way to express my worries.

You could endeavor to become a suspect yourself. While it puts the ixnay on being a "good guy," it does seem to provide a bit of immunity. At least in the movies. And if you're Darth Madison, you could have a change of heart right before doom descends and become the hero instead.
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost... probably not contemplating global warming and the next ice age.
How great! I love Robert Frost, but I don't remember that one.
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