Originally published on September 2, 2013. There was a follow-up a few weeks later called Confusion In The Twilight Zone (September 17, 2013). Nothing which has occurred subsequently contradicts the conclusions of these two essays. Nor will anything which happens in the future — Dave
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Twilight Zone.
— Rod Serling, introduction to the TV show The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
As I have written many times before, for humans, the economy is everything. All other considerations, including our Earthly habitat, which includes all non-human parts of the biosphere, take a backseat. If people were confused on this point prior to the global financial meltdown of 2008-2009, their confusion should be entirely dispelled in 2013. The human preoccupation with restoring economic health in the developed (OECD) world, and encouraging growth in "emerging" markets like China, Brazil and India, has dominated environmental concerns with a completeness which erases all doubt about what truly matters. Climate change and other environmental issues have all but disappeared from popular media and political discussions.