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LETTER: The Green Pied Pipers of 2019; love nature, kill children

To the Editor: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern could have told you, had they lived to tell the tale, the best way to kill your enemy is to have them do it themselves. Climate researchers and activists, according to a 2015 Esquire feature, "When the ...

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To the Editor:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern could have told you, had they lived to tell the tale, the best way to kill your enemy is to have them do it themselves.

Climate researchers and activists, according to a 2015 Esquire feature, "When the End of Human Civilization is Your Day Job," suffer from depression and PTSD-like symptoms. In a poll on Twitter, meteorologist and writer Eric Holthaus found that nearly half of 416 respondents felt "emotionally overwhelmed, at least occasionally, because of news about climate change."

Panicked thoughts often turn to the next generation, "Does Climate Change Make It Immoral to Have Kids?" pondered columnist Dave Bry in The Guardian (2016). "[I] think about my son," he wrote, "growing up in a gray, dying world - walking toward Kansas on potholed highways." Over the summer, National Public Radio tackled the same topic: "Should We Be Having Kids in the Age of Climate Change?" An interview with Travis Rieder, a philosopher at Johns Hopkins University who offered a provocative thought: "Maybe we should protect our kids by not having them."

In our schools, our unfortunate children hear a crescendo of cacophony, relentless dystopias like Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games. It is perhaps no wonder that we have an epidemic of ADHD, autism, Asperger's; nor coincidental that both Greta Thunberg, the latest green icon, and her sister have been diagnosed with autism and ADHD. (New Yorker, Oct. 2, 2018)

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In the original Pied Piper story, only three of the children escaped: one was lame and couldn't keep up; another deaf and couldn't hear the music; and the third one blind and couldn't see where he was going.

The role of the new Pied Pipers, Prince "I want to be reincarnated as a deadly virus" Philip, and German Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, in all this is obvious, with their setting up of the World Wildlife Fund after World War II.

Perhaps if grandparents and parents of unfortunate children stop being deaf, dumb and blind about the green menace, we can prevent the massive child abuse called the "Green New Deal."

Ron Wieczorek

Mount Vernon

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