The "Global Warming" debate lingers on, despite the obvious contradictions from the 70's, and the obvious hype of today.
In the near future (I figure by 2020) we shall know TRULY how accurate this stuff is. I choose to believe that while PARTS of the earth may be warming, other parts are not. I have enough proof from this last winter here (Temps of -34, -27, and much, much more...), plus the admitted satellite malfunction which caused the Antarctic ice shelf to be under-calculated in size by an area larger than the state of California-- well, I can't see "GLOBAL" warming. Sorry, it just doesn't wash with me.
That brings me to my title. This debate over whether the world is warming or cooling is endless -- but I remembered a poem I learned in Grade school. I wasn't entirely accurate in memory, but I was close.
I remember it as "Some say the world will end in fire, others say in ice" as the starting line.
I remembered the line "But if I had to perish twice"
And I remembered "Destruction of the ice is also great, and would suffice."
I could not remember the author, but I did a search. And I found the complete poem,
"Fire and Ice", by Robert Frost.
I would conclude that his estate may still hold copyright, The original copyright was 1920 when the poem appeared in HARPERS in December.
FIRE AND ICE (Robert Frost, 1920)
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.
He truly sums it up well. Fire --Global warming? Or Atomic Holocaust? Or the expected death of our sun, approximately 4 billion years from now? Ice -- Hatred? Or literally ice? The global cooling debate of the 70s? Or a meteor/comet causing a major stir-up of dust to block the sun?
Frost was definitely ahead of his time.
T.S. Elliot says it different in THE HOLLOW MEN
"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper."
A slow death? Ice, maybe? Cactus land --is the a literal desert? Or a reference to "Global warming?"
We'll never be able to ask either of them now -- what they meant is lost with them. But their obvious foresight is astonishing.
So, I bring this Email to a close -- not with a bang or a whimper, but a thought:
What if they are right?