Keeping heads buried in the sand

Come on, it’s bleedin‘ obvious that financial and budgetary restrictions are not the real reason for the withdrawal of the future Brazilian government to host the next UN conference on climate change.

International repercussion aside, such a conference would also be an issue on national television networks and other media. As a consequence it would raise attention and push some kind of public discourse. And that, again, would not amuse some people with a lot of influence on Brazilian politics, especially certain lobbyists.

For them, prevention means to keep a lot of heads buried in the sand.

Slash-and-burn in the Amazon forest (© AP)

Just wondering …

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

Carl Sagan