Guy has some cred. As a Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, it’s hard to argue against his doomy, gloomy predictions. So let’s just call it as he sees it:
Guy’s right. Nature bats last.
When I say he’s right, I mean from his perspective. You see, Guy’s perspective is science-based and thorough. I’m sure he’s analyzed the data, looked at the past science, the past meteorology, statements from people before him who agree with him and those who don’t; he focuses on the present, current science, the growing number of people who believe and follow him, the increasing numbers of A-list people joining him, and the numbers who will follow; presumably (I could be wrong) he’s earning a lot from his talks, from enrolling others, from filling his talks with people who believe what he believes, from scaring others into contemplating suicide and from driving others into hopelessness and apathy. The universe is giving him ample evidence to validate his experience and his conclusions, including ample numbers of experts who oppose his ideas and make him feel even more right, or righteous.
There are other experts—speakers, writers, bloggers who all agree with his view and to various degrees follow his lead: They, too, earn a living from their work.
Who really bats last?
It seems Nature does bat last. But that’s from a perspective that says physical existence is all there is. Actually, your eternal nature is in command here. You got the game going. You call the game’s outcome, own the bats and the field, and you direct Nature’s play strategy. You’ve already won the game by getting it started in the first place.
I love statements like “We don’t have time for Copiosis to happen” because I was once in that mindset too. I get it viscerally, including the hopelessness and apathy that comes with it (unless you’re making money on the messaging). This is why I don’t watch doom-and-gloom documentaries or the news, and don’t attend events such as Guy’s—they leave people totally disconnected from their power as creative beings. More importantly, they are not in tune with the theater I choose to operate in.
I’m not going to tell you how to think. Instead: let’s just see what happens. Guy is right. So are a lot of other people. From their perspective.