I did see this one some time ago. Apparently oblivious to the recent total annihilation of scientific credibility on climate predictions, New Scientist has hired a Tarot card reader to foretell the doom of the polar bears. Yes, a Tarot card reader. An actual, card-carrying Tarot card reader.
Like other practitioners, I was always praying that one card would not appear. It shows a grinning skeleton carrying a giant scythe standing above a field littered with severed heads. It is card number 13, Death, and few customers reward you generously after they encounter it.
I don’t know. Al Gore does rather well out of it.
Although I know the card well, I was still surprised when an image of it popped into my mind out on the Arctic seas, in the middle of a large field of broken ice floes some 1200 kilometres from the North Pole.
You’re stranded in a freezing Arctic wasteland thousands of miles from anywhere being hunted by polar bears and you’re surprised to see a grinning skeleton carrying a scythe? Well, yes, I suppose so.
The obligatory lecture on the inevitable doom of the polar bears follows. But polar bears are not the only animals spotted.
For a brief moment, three improbably long spiral horns broke through the water and waved above the sea like magic wands.
Magic wands. Right. And we all know exactly what those look like.
But on a brief positive note, we are reminded that species come and go, and that even their eco-catastrophe will not be the end for mother nature. Polar bears will be replaced by killer whales. I guess the killer whales will be crossing his palm with silver, for such a good fortune telling.
However, at the end we learn the Tarot symbol for all those naysayers who doubt the coming Ecopalyse. That sinister symbol for “blind abandonment to self-destructive materialism.” And I think there must be something in it – because I see the same symbol in the sidebar to this blog! Spooky!