The Banality of Climate Change

“Banality” means that collective evils can be perpetrated without corresponding individual motives: “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil… the phenomenon of evil deeds, committed on a gigantic scale, which [can] not be traced to any particularity of wickedness, pathology, or ideological conviction in the doer, whose only personal distinction was a perhaps extraordinary shallowness.”


This cognitive disorder that has us trapped in a time-warped, Fukushima-fueled death spiral – otherwise known as ever-accelerating, abrupt climate chaos, ocean graveyards, waves of refugees, and the Sixth Mass Extinction – has now metastasized culturally into a rather severe mental disorder, causing global-scale displacement and disruption of both natural and human systems, and spewing forth pervasive social pathologies masquerading as political debate and economic normality.