Human Footprint

National Geographic is advertising another enviro-screed Human Footprint.

We’re being bombarded and bamboozled by the notion of “carbon footprint”.  Now Nat Geo is taking it to the logical conclusion.

Ayn Rand coined the term anti-concept, and said this:

An anti-concept is an unnecessary and rationally unusable term designed to replace and obliterate some legitimate concept. The use of anti-concepts gives the listeners a sense of approximate understanding. But in the realm of cognition, nothing is as bad as the approximate …

Footprint is an anti-concept.

It means, approximately, how much of a certain kind of resource you use.  But even here, it’s sloppy.  One does not use a CO2 resource.

What it means, in practice, is that instead of thinking about the pursuit of happiness, instead of any happiness that one can feel in life, there is only the anguish of guilt.  Look at how much I am crushing the Earth!

An anti-concept is not merely a false premise.  “The earth is 10 degrees warmer than in 1900” is a false premise.

An anti-concept is much more deadly than that, because it destroys your ability to think about certain concepts.

If you accept that the sum total of your existence is to waste and destroy, to crush and smash and pollute, then how can you live and be happy?

Never mind the irony of a rich media corporation spewing this sick view, nor the irony that most of their advertisors are billion-dollar enterprises.  Never mind that only our modern, industrial age makes it possible to have satelite-based TV broadcasting.

The worldview and morality underneath “human footprint” is medieval.

Ashes and sackcloth anyone?  If you whip yourself bloody, and wear horrible itchy clothing, and take an oath of silence, you will be foregiven your sins.


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