World War III against Human Nature
Climate change is real. Even though where I live does not have a dynamic change in weather, we can see the temperature in summer has been rising every year, and this winter is like spring. I have an organic garden in my backyard. Winter vegetables I planted last fall did not like this weather, most of them are gone as a result. Fortunately, my garden at this point is my big hobby. I do not depend on the crop for my food. However, I am terrified when I think of if accessible food is only from my garden and what if I was a farmer. If the climate change continued, we will eventually lose food. Are we going to create new food from chemicals? or, will we create new GMO plants and vegetable that have a resistant to any climate, like tomatoes that grow in snow? Furthermore, there are approximately 25 million people who their lives are threatened because of sea level rise (http://bit.ly/2faxb1k) due to the greenhouse effect.
Why is it so difficult for political institutions to take actions for changing environmental policies? Why they do not mind that we would not be able to grow food in future and contaminate our body — to sell more drugs -?
Susan Cain (2013) describes in her book “Quiet” that it is relevant to politicians’ general personality, insensitivity, as most politicians are extroverted who are good at speaking and persuading, fearless, and exuberant. This would be true because if you are shy and be introverts would be difficult to succeed as a politician. Also, they were able to obtain the position because many people are attracted to extroverts who are assertive and look like having a strong mental, that’s why we voted for them. Plenty of researchers describe that insensitivity and extroverted personality is related, and extroverts seek for higher stimuli, physically and mentally than introverts (Furnham, 1994; Hanback, 1978; Corr, 2004) because they are not perceptive. They also tend to be attracted by material success, money, to feel happiness (Cain, 2013).
Cain (2013) gave a good example story of extroverted insensitivity in her book (p.150). The former vice president Gore, he was an introvert, first learned about the greenhouse effect at Harvard when he was a college student, and he tried to get attention to the issue from people, but he found that people would not listen. “It was as if they could not hear the alarm bells that rang so loudly in his ears.” At the first hearings on global warming, he felt that his message about climate change compelled enough to make Congresses aware, but they were actually not, even they made such reactions. Also, there is a movie “An Inconvenient Truth” (https://youtu.be/Qq_7tVqAQ-s) that described his history related to this issue.
Personality is constructed by nature (inherited temperament) and environment (nurture) (Loehlin, 1992). Politicians are generally from economically wealthy family, who have never experienced poverty. They really would not know what the lower middle classes’ and working class’s life are like — we cannot know or cannot truly learn from what we have not experienced, which is why we look for people who have similar or common experience to share feelings and emotions for psychological support. It would be easier for them to alienate food from nature if they have never experienced to produce food, as well as many people today do not know how hard it is, maybe they unconsciously think food simply comes from a supermarket, and intensive labor for food produce is hidden.
As we probably all know, it is very difficult to change someone’s behavior that comes from human nature unless we give them difficult time or something insightful enough to make them think and change. Even though we do not use nuclear weapons or guns and a heavy tank, this is a world wide war among humans for survival. We are having the World War III against such human nature fighting over sustainable life for the earth.
Cain, S. (2013). Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. New York: Broadway Paperbacks.
Corr, P. J. (2004). Reinforcement sensitivity theory and personality. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 28(3), 317–332.
Furnham, A., Gunter, B., & Peterson, E. (1994). Television distraction and the performance of introverts and extroverts. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 8(7), 705–711.
Hanback, J. W., & Revelle, W. (1978). Arousal and perceptual sensitivity in hypochondriacs. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 87(5), 523.
Loehlin, J. C. (1992). Genes and environment in personality development. Sage Publications, Inc.