Sam, if you want to know why people are homeless, go into the street, let a homeless person find you and talk with them for an hour for more than the money they are asking for. You'll find obvious surface problems such as confusion, drug dependence, etc., but if you guide the conversation into deeper territory you may get to some of the real reasons. What you won't find is capitalism as the cause, though you will of course find capitalism being blamed.

And "makes the world uninhabitable." That's religion. Warming will change the world, yes. Human beings will adapt. One thing that ought to stand out about this religion is that you are not allowed to challenge the claim that warming has to be a bad thing in every instance everywhere on the planet. This is a religious view. It is clearly false. There are many locations that will benefit from warmer temperatures. Think about it. This is obviously true. Unless of course you subscribe to the dystopian sci-fi that the Earth will look like Venus with all life destroyed. My suggestion here is that you bypass the activists and the activist "journalists" and even the most vocal activist environmentalists and read what calm rational scientists have to say about how much change is really expected.

There are three sure signs that the warming issue is politically motivated. (1) The focus is on the West and on America. Meanwhile, China is now by far the world's largest emitter and it will continue to grow, and so will India. Notice the shift that happens when you mention this fact: The argument then becomes centered on the "unfairness" that the West "got to grow by releasing carbon" and therefore those countries must be given a free pass on carbon until they have also become fully developed. Well, if warming really will result in an uninhabitable planet, what sense does granting such "fairness" make. It's a live or die situation. (2) Atomic Energy. For decades the environmental movement blocked nuclear reactor research and deployment. This is still the highest output zero emission CO2 solution, even today. "Oh, but it is too dangerous, and too expensive." Well, even with Chernobyl and Fukushima, nuclear energy is slam-dunk safer than oil or gas. There is no contest. And besides, the alternative is an "uninhabitable Earth," right. So what's some danger of local melt down, or the high cost of it, compared to ending life on the whole planet? Makes no sense. And (3), the surest and quickest sign that something is politically motivated is when politicians declare that "Only ending Capitalism will save the planet." I could unpack this one too, but why don't you have a go at it?

Don't stop writing, not if you do want to be a writer. Only you can know what you really want to do in your life. Your life belongs to you, no one else. There are so many movements and causes that try to guilt you into serving their interests at your expense. Your first task is to figure out what you want to do. What is in your own long-term interest? What will make you happy? Then, if your answer matches up with some cause, fine, put your shoulder to it.

Observing. Gathering and curating ideas. Getting ready.

Observing. Gathering and curating ideas. Getting ready.