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Jun 11 2014

The Solastalgia Crisis

Some health crises are probably invented by pharmaceutical companies to help sell drugs. But most are concocted for political reasons. A cartoonishly obvious example is solastalgia:

It describes a form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change, such as mining or climate change.

A joke, right? Not according to the warmist ideologues at The Weather Channel:

[I]t’s clear that some of the biggest impacts from Earth’s rapidly warming climate occur within us as human beings, like the sense of loss and trauma felt by hurricane survivors after everything they know – their homes, workplaces, churches, really their entire community – is swept out to sea.

Regarding the “rapidly warming climate,” it hasn’t gotten any warmer since the 1990s.

How we’ll handle experiences like these in a world changed by global warming is the subject of a new report, “Beyond Storms and Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change,” by the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica, an environmental advocacy group devoted to climate change and sustainability issues.

Both organizations issued the report as a wake-up call to all Americans, whom they say can expect “broad psychological impacts” on their well-being and health from climate change.

That means a future with heightened levels of stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, as well as a loss of community identity – if nothing is done to stop or slow emissions of industrial-produced greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

According to the report [PDF], consequences of failing to reverse the industrial revolution so as to impose a statist version of Medieval feudalism in the name of the debunked global warming hoax will include substance abuse, mental health emergencies, loss of autonomy and personal identity, and of course, solastalgia.

Telling us we will lose “autonomy” if we don’t submit to a Soviet-style, centralized economic system so that bureaucrats can supposedly control even the weather is particularly rich. But there is no lie too hysterical or too outrageous to be shrieked with a straight face by liberal establishmentarians where global warming is concerned.

Combine the solastalgia menace with the ready availability of firearms, and you have the makings of a real problem:

solastalgia

Obviously Obama must take firm control of the weather through the EPA, and firearms must be confiscated just in case deliberately hamstringing the economy by destroying the coal industry doesn’t produce optimal temperatures.

Tip and graphic complements of Stormfax. Hat tip: Climate Depot.



45 Responses to “The Solastalgia Crisis”

  1. Softly Bob says:

    Aah, words, words, words. The Leftists love words. They love using them inappropriately, they love to invent them, they love changing the meanings of them, they love to say them and they love to ban them.
    Unfortunately, they can do nothing else with them except use them to spout nonsense.
    ‘Solastalgia’. It sounds important, it sounds clever, it sounds as if you know what you are talking about, but all it really means is ‘we Leftists are are clever, but the rest of you ain’t.’
    It’s just another propaganda word.

  2. Saxon Warrior says:

    Aah, words, words, words. The Leftists love words. They love using them inappropriately, they love to invent them, they love changing the meanings of them, they love to say them and they love to ban them.
    Unfortunately, they can do nothing else with them except use them to spout nonsense.
    ‘Solastalgia’. It sounds important, it sounds clever, it sounds as if you know what you are talking about, but all it really means is ‘we Leftists are are clever, but the rest of you ain’t.’
    It’s just another propaganda word.

  3. Son of the Rabbit People says:

    If there were such a disorder, it wouldn’t be confined to just America. It would be worldwide and be most prevalent in poor countries that haven’t the means to cope.

    I think we all know where there really is psychosis. It is in people that believe this nonsense.

  4. Son of the Rabbit People says:

    If there were such a disorder, it wouldn’t be confined to just America. It would be worldwide and be most prevalent in poor countries that haven’t the means to cope.

    I think we all know where there really is psychosis. It is in people that believe this nonsense.

  5. Henry says:

    Conceptualising environmentally induced distress as mental illness has been discussed by Seamus Mac Suibhne.

    See, progs are mentally ill. (cf. Tree Weepers)

  6. Henry says:

    Conceptualising environmentally induced distress as mental illness has been discussed by Seamus Mac Suibhne.

    See, progs are mentally ill. (cf. Tree Weepers)

  7. Mr. Mentalo says:

    Hey, don’t make fun. I feel severe solastalgia kicking in right after reading this article…and I’m armed.

  8. Mr. Mentalo says:

    Hey, don’t make fun. I feel severe solastalgia kicking in right after reading this article…and I’m armed.

  9. DrSamHerman says:

    Psychologists love coming up with new terms for their claptrap. Until they can get “solastalgia” put into the DSM, it will become just another horsesh*t term for some phrenologist/psychologist to look for billable hours.

    If it’s depression, anxiety, PTSD or another mood disorder–just label it for what it is and leave out the stupid syndromes and the like.

  10. DrSamHerman - Dr Deplorado says:

    Psychologists love coming up with new terms for their claptrap. Until they can get “solastalgia” put into the DSM, it will become just another horsesh*t term for some phrenologist/psychologist to look for billable hours.

    If it’s depression, anxiety, PTSD or another mood disorder–just label it for what it is and leave out the stupid syndromes and the like.

  11. Leonard Jones says:

    The sentence under the photo got me thinking. The evil mastermind that
    threatens to destroy the world by controlling the weather is the stuff of
    cheap James Bond knock-offs. One, man cannot control the weather or
    change it in any significant way. Two, it is the height of conceit to believe
    that one can pass a law that weather would obey.

    For thousands of years, the average global weather has been within the
    less than 2 Degrees C that we have been seeing in the last several hundred
    years. Mother Nature cannot be changed or controlled. The best scientists
    cannot even tell you all of the factors that contribute to global climate.

  12. Leonard Jones says:

    The sentence under the photo got me thinking. The evil mastermind that
    threatens to destroy the world by controlling the weather is the stuff of
    cheap James Bond knock-offs. One, man cannot control the weather or
    change it in any significant way. Two, it is the height of conceit to believe
    that one can pass a law that weather would obey.

    For thousands of years, the average global weather has been within the
    less than 2 Degrees C that we have been seeing in the last several hundred
    years. Mother Nature cannot be changed or controlled. The best scientists
    cannot even tell you all of the factors that contribute to global climate.

  13. Softly Bob says:

    One day psychologists will manage to make ‘laziness’ into a medical disorder. All those on welfare who can’t be bothered will be excused from working.
    Employers will be forced to employ a quota of lazy people because of some crazy affirmative action policy.
    Lazy people will be allowed to turn up for work late and when they get there, do nothing all day.
    Employers will not be allowed to fire them because they would be discriminating against people with an illness if they do so.
    There will be cries of harassment. “Hey, you can’t fire me, I’m suffering from bone-idleitis, and my medical records prove so.”

  14. Saxon Warrior says:

    One day psychologists will manage to make ‘laziness’ into a medical disorder. All those on welfare who can’t be bothered will be excused from working.
    Employers will be forced to employ a quota of lazy people because of some crazy affirmative action policy.
    Lazy people will be allowed to turn up for work late and when they get there, do nothing all day.
    Employers will not be allowed to fire them because they would be discriminating against people with an illness if they do so.
    There will be cries of harassment. “Hey, you can’t fire me, I’m suffering from bone-idleitis, and my medical records prove so.”

  15. Softly Bob says:

    The best scientists can’t even predict what the weather’s going to be like next week, why should we trust them to know what it is going to be like in ten or twenty years’ time?

  16. Saxon Warrior says:

    The best scientists can’t even predict what the weather’s going to be like next week, why should we trust them to know what it is going to be like in ten or twenty years’ time?

  17. ScarletPimpernel says:

    “God loaned her His voice. She had the voice of God. And He decided He wanted it back for a while,”

    “for a while”? Is she going to be returning to us?

  18. ScarletPimpernel says:

    “God loaned her His voice. She had the voice of God. And He decided He wanted it back for a while,”

    “for a while”? Is she going to be returning to us?

  19. Kevin R. says:

    I’ve thought the same thing. It’s comic book stuff.

  20. Kevin R. says:

    I’ve thought the same thing. It’s comic book stuff.

  21. Kevin R. says:

    Meanwhile, worry that environmentalism will destroy freedom and the economy and reduce us to poverty, war, and death is dismissed as fearmongering.

  22. Kevin R. says:

    Meanwhile, worry that environmentalism will destroy freedom and the economy and reduce us to poverty, war, and death is dismissed as fearmongering.

  23. KHarn says:

    At first I thought “solastalgia” would be about “nostalgia for sunny weather”.
    PS: another word to put in the spell check.

  24. KHarn says:

    At first I thought “solastalgia” would be about “nostalgia for sunny weather”.
    PS: another word to put in the spell check.

  25. TED says:

    Next Week! Tomorrow is 50-50.

  26. TED says:

    Next Week! Tomorrow is 50-50.

  27. TED says:

    Andrew Klavan: Fake Climate Change

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qldJRY5aGaA

  28. TED says:

    Andrew Klavan: Fake Climate Change

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qldJRY5aGaA

  29. Glenn Albrecht says:

    It is a pity that people like you don’t bother to read my work. If you did you will find that I consistently describe solastalgia as a dis-ease (ie, a lack of ease) and not a biomedical illness. I have published many papers about my work and they all state that solastalgia is an existential (ie, a psychological or emotional) condition where there is a lived experience of negative environmental change in one’s home environment (natural or built). I have never suggested that solastalgia is a condition that can be ‘treated’ or cured by the biomedical fields of medicine or psychiatry. After all, I am a philosopher, not a bio-medically trained person. That you also confect a possible connection between the experience of solastalgia and the availability of firearms is both bizarre and something I find personally offensive.

    You might be surprised to learn that my work can be used by those who wish to defend their freedom and liberty against the actions of corporate or State bodies that trample on their private property rights in order to mine for coal or frack for gas. Have you no interest in their private property rights and freedoms? I certainly have and work to defended their rights and freedoms in the courts of Australia.

    As for me being a warmist, I am afraid you have caught me out on that issue. Yes, I confess, I read the climate science and accept the evidence for global warming presented by the scientific consensus. I find it cartoonishly obvious that those who deny such a warning from science are acting politically to defend the indefensible. Finally, your writing brings my work more publicity and as they say in the USA, “any publicity is good publicity” … so I must thank you for bringing my work to the attention of your readers. I hope they, unlike you, take the time to read more of my original academic writings and avoid the tragic/comic mistake of reading and using only material that is circulating second-hand on poorly researched and presented Blogs.

  30. Glenn Albrecht says:

    It is a pity that people like you don’t bother to read my work. If you did you will find that I consistently describe solastalgia as a dis-ease (ie, a lack of ease) and not a biomedical illness. I have published many papers about my work and they all state that solastalgia is an existential (ie, a psychological or emotional) condition where there is a lived experience of negative environmental change in one’s home environment (natural or built). I have never suggested that solastalgia is a condition that can be ‘treated’ or cured by the biomedical fields of medicine or psychiatry. After all, I am a philosopher, not a bio-medically trained person. That you also confect a possible connection between the experience of solastalgia and the availability of firearms is both bizarre and something I find personally offensive.

    You might be surprised to learn that my work can be used by those who wish to defend their freedom and liberty against the actions of corporate or State bodies that trample on their private property rights in order to mine for coal or frack for gas. Have you no interest in their private property rights and freedoms? I certainly have and work to defend their rights and freedoms in the courts of Australia.

    As for me being a warmist, I am afraid you have caught me out on that issue. Yes, I confess, I read the climate science and accept the evidence for global warming presented by the scientific consensus. I find it cartoonishly obvious that those who deny such a warning from science are acting politically to defend the indefensible. Finally, your writing brings my work more publicity and as they say in the USA, “any publicity is good publicity” … so I must thank you for bringing my work to the attention of your readers. I hope they, unlike you, take the time to read more of my original academic writings and avoid the tragic/comic mistake of reading and using only material that is circulating second-hand on poorly researched and presented Blogs.

  31. Softly Bob says:

    If you’re a warmist, you’re a fool. There is no evidence that climate change is man made. In fact, you have the cheek to use the words ‘indefensible’ and ‘cartoonish’ as if to suggest that you have some form of moral superiority over people like us. Take your propaganda elsewhere. The only thing that’s indefensible is your intention to pull the wool over the eyes of gullible people and the only thing that is cartoonish is your laughable attempt to make out that you are smarter than anyone else.
    How dare you come here and patronize us, you puffed-up buffoon?
    I know many Scientists and they all claim that anthropogenic Global Warming is a hoax.
    When I say Scientists, I mean real scientists such as geologists and those who are experienced in the various subdivisions of geology – meteorology, and so on. These people have strong backgrounds in physics and chemistry.
    I don’t mean climate scientists – the ‘Mickey Mouse’ creation of Leftist morons.There’s no such thing as climate science as a discipline its own right, it’s just a political invention to give employment to dumb charlatans with political ambitions. Oh, yeah I forgot, you wouldn’t know that- you’re not even a scientist, you’re a philosopher, a self-righteous title if ever there was one.
    Take your writings elsewhere. We’re not interested!
    Oh, and cut out the smug attitude, you’re just another articulate, pointy-headed idiot – writes well, sounds smart, but is ultimately full of horseshit.

  32. Saxon Warrior says:

    If you’re a warmist, you’re a fool. There is no evidence that climate change is man made. In fact, you have the cheek to use the words ‘indefensible’ and ‘cartoonish’ as if to suggest that you have some form of moral superiority over people like us. Take your propaganda elsewhere. The only thing that’s indefensible is your intention to pull the wool over the eyes of gullible people and the only thing that is cartoonish is your laughable attempt to make out that you are smarter than anyone else.
    How dare you come here and patronize us, you puffed-up buffoon?
    I know many Scientists and they all claim that anthropogenic Global Warming is a hoax.
    When I say Scientists, I mean real scientists such as geologists and those who are experienced in the various subdivisions of geology – meteorology, and so on. These people have strong backgrounds in physics and chemistry.
    I don’t mean climate scientists – the ‘Mickey Mouse’ creation of Leftist morons.There’s no such thing as climate science as a discipline its own right, it’s just a political invention to give employment to dumb charlatans with political ambitions. Oh, yeah I forgot, you wouldn’t know that- you’re not even a scientist, you’re a philosopher, a self-righteous title if ever there was one.
    Take your writings elsewhere. We’re not interested!
    Oh, and cut out the smug attitude, you’re just another articulate, pointy-headed idiot – writes well, sounds smart, but is ultimately full of horseshit.

  33. Glenn Albrecht says:

    It is a pity you don’t read your own work. It was you who stated in your Blog piece that … “A cartoonishly obvious example is solastalgia:”. Why do you not apply your own standards to your own writings? Again, to quote you, “In fact, you have the cheek to use the words ‘indefensible’ and
    ‘cartoonish’ as if to suggest that you have some form of moral
    superiority over people like us.”

    I make no claims for moral superiority but I am comfortable with the fact that I worked hard to get a PhD in philosophy after being the first ever in my family to get a degree. It was you that attacked me and my work and insulted it by making a spurious connection to the firearms issue. I have also co-written a book on the Thoroughbred horse industry worldwide and I consider myself an expert on horseshit when I see it. Your writings offer rich and fertile material for me to examine.

  34. Glenn Albrecht says:

    It is a pity you don’t read your own work. It was you who stated in your Blog piece that … “A cartoonishly obvious example is solastalgia:”. Why do you not apply your own standards to your own writings? Again, to quote you, “In fact, you have the cheek to use the words ‘indefensible’ and
    ‘cartoonish’ as if to suggest that you have some form of moral
    superiority over people like us.”

    I make no claims for moral superiority but I am comfortable with the fact that I worked hard to get a PhD in philosophy after being the first ever in my family to get a degree. It was you that attacked me and my work and insulted it by making a spurious connection to the firearms issue. I have also co-written a book on the Thoroughbred horse industry worldwide and I consider myself an expert on horseshit when I see it. Your writings offer rich and fertile material for me to examine.

  35. Softly Bob says:

    I also see that you’re a Professor of Sustainability, another made-up title to justify your probably ridiculous salary.

  36. Saxon Warrior says:

    I also see that you’re a Professor of Sustainability, another made-up title to justify your probably ridiculous salary.

  37. Glenn Albrecht says:

    I have retired, so I have no salary.

  38. Glenn Albrecht says:

    I have retired, so I have no salary.


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