Peter W wrote:........
Cugel. I'm retired, having spent my working life in a responsible position, so feel I have earned the right to enjoy in my way, the remainder of my life. (81 in two months time.) I have no inclination to wear a hair shirt just to virtue signal, when for reasons I've already explained (out of control population growth, ever increasing demand for power supplies to meet the future and maintain the world economic system, the total collapse of which would be a disaster) implies that individual actions will not be an effective working fix, so I won't now change my life style. Too little, too late!
No one has earned the right to trash the planet. We just do it 'cause we're the flawed self-centred little skinbags known as humans. In fact, the only rights are legal rights - and even these are made-up-stuff albeit the means to justify to ourselves, then do, what we want to do, no matter the costs elsewhere. Forget your "human rights" - no one else will recognise them, especially the wolves who may soon be calling at all our doors.
As to the hair shirt - they are warm and nice! (Well, the merino ones are). The virtue signalling (a queer phrase invented by right-wing barmpots - did you realise) ..... well, somehow it seems better to discuss duties as something of a counterbalance to rights, since each generates the other and cannot exist alone.
But I do understand your need to fiddle whilst Rome burns. We're all doing it, one way or another. Some play a merry jig with a wild flourish of the elbow whilst others play a more mournful style, as they watch the human world replace civilisation with a style of existence (for our grandchildren at least) that may be "nasty, brutish and short". Still, as long as you're happy baby booming about, eh?
Cugel, also a guilty boomer boy but perhaps feeling more shame than thee.