If you were to pick any second of any day, it would be impossible to find a single location that isn’t experiencing some type of problem. May it be a family being destroyed by infidelity, a work place crumbling due to low funds, or even acid rain falling from the sky because of carbon dioxide emissions. These problems exist along with millions of other problems. It is us as humans to notice them and rectify them. My blog, however, isn’t specifically about problems.
Gradualism is defined as a steady or calculated approach to some type of outcome. The problems we face can become relevant “gradualistically” or “punctualistically,” meaning that they aren’t relevant for some time, or are as soon as they occur. The human response to punctual problems is to fix them as fast as they occur. Your car runs out of gas, so you go put gas it in. You cut your finger, so you get a band-aid. These problems are usually straight forward and fixable with little repercussion. It’s the gradual problems that get you. Gradual problems go on the back burner. They are forgotten, put aside, and saved for later. Common gradual problems are events like pollution, global warming, or more personally divorce.
In two movies that we have watched in class, gradualism has gotten the better of society. Absolute Zero, as terrible a movie it may be, stakes a claim that the way we live today will lead to an ice age in the near future. Of course many things in the movie are scientifically incorrect, such as having icebergs in Miami, or weird vortex like wind tunnels shooting from the ski. Despite the “awesome” special effects and “flawless” scientific background, the movie does remind us of a problem, and a possible outcome if it is not fixed.
Children of Men also tackled a problem that would be gradual in our society, Infertility. Studies show that the number of infertile humans is exponentially increasing by decade. Infertility is a problem that could be caused by many things. Genetics, pollution, chemical additives, vaccines, the list goes on and on. It is a problem that you don’t hear much of, but is very real. It is a gradual problem because it doesn’t occur over night. We have to let it drag on for years before we realize “oh, infertility seems to be a problem, maybe we should do something about it.” and the probable response “Nah, we will save it for later.”
Too little too late. If we don’t wise up and begin to face our gradual problems today they will be present to destroy our future. As the one law of thermodynamics states, with every chemical reaction (heat/energy transfer) the entropy (chaos) of the world increases. There is only so much entropy the earth can take, and I am afraid that if we don’t begin to rectify the problems we are creating now, it will only lead to larger and more dangerous problems for our future. Dont get caught up in an unforeseen experience. We are way to smart, and technologically advanced to let our problems persist. Our maybe our intelligence and technology is what blinds us to allow our problems to persist?