God, I tried reading Ishmael several years ago and it was literally the only book that I’ve thrown across the room in frustration. I’m pretty sympathetic to environmentalist causes, but I got so annoyed with Quinn’s constant use of imperfect analogies and his condescending tone (if you disagree with my analogy, then you are an unenlightened fool, and I must bang you over the head once again with this analogy.)
Gorilla: Let’s say you’re riding a bike and you go off of a cliff. As you’re falling off the cliff, you’re still peddling. When you hit the ground, you will die in spectacularly bloody mess. The Earth is currently falling and still peddling. Once we run out of resources, we will crash in a spectacularly bloody mess.
Boy: But I think technology can help our problem. And what if we adopt stricter conservation laws? Wouldn’t that help?
Gorilla: Would conservation laws stop a bicycle from falling?
Boy: Um, no.
Gorilla: So you’re saying that if you were to go off a cliff, you would not fall to the ground?
Boy: No, but…
Gorilla: You are an unenlightened fool who is blinded by your cultural prejudices. Let me explain to you using another analogy. Let’s say that a bicycle falls off of a cliff…