The real apocalypse is the extinction of rational thought

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The real apocalypse is the extinction of rational thought

ANALYSIS | Instead of hope through rational progress, the message is overwhelmingly of blame

Janet Daley

We must all have been transported backwards in our sleep, because we seem to have woken up in the Middle Ages – to a world of child saints and plague towns and apocalyptic helplessness.

To push the medieval analogy to its logical end, we could end up attributing both the coronavirus and what is now inevitably described as a “climate emergency” to divine retribution: punishment for the sins of globalisation and the pursuit of mass prosperity.

Surely, the soothsayers will conclude, people were not meant to travel so far and so frequently from their place of birth. Nor should the goods that they produce be shipped to all corners of the Earth to be consumed in alien lands...

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