How can we possibly lobby for bird-safe glass on a stadium when the wetlands in Minnesota are drying up? How can we campaign for the wetlands when the arctic ice is melting? How can we worry about the arctic when the oceans are warming? Dammit, how can I get up in the morning and drink a cup of tea when the WHOLE PLANET IS DYING??!?

–PZ Myers on escalation paralysis.

Speaking of “Dear Muslima” arguments…

Myers’ point here is obviously that you can care about “small” issues even when large ones still exist. Not to mention attempts to trap people into a state of paralysis over the problems they can’t fix are a form of distracting them from the problems they can. Be wary of it.