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Le troupeau aveugle (İngilizce translation)

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Le troupeau aveugle

Et nous voilà, sept ou huit milliards
d'enfants demeurés qui se bercent
de science et de religion pendant que
les quatre cavaliers rongent leur frein.
 
La vie disparaît autour de nous
comme dévorée par un cancer foudroyant
pendant qu'on s'acharne avec un zèle imbécile
à dilapider les derniers trésors de la Terre
 
Mais l'âge du pétrole touche à sa fin
et bientôt il faudra se battre pour bêcher
ce qu'il restera de nos champs
sous les caprices d'un temps rendu fou.
 
Notre mode de vie n'est pas négociable
mais la nature s'en fout, elle ne négocie pas.
Quand il n'y en aura plus assez même pour les riches
les quatre cavaliers reviendront faire le ménage.
 
Réveillez-vous, rendormez-vous, peu importe.
Le mieux qu'on puisse espérer
c'est un peu de pitié au milieu de la haine
que nous voueront les survivants dans cent ans.
 
petit élève kullanıcısı tarafından Perş, 21/06/2018 - 00:55 tarihinde eklendi
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En hommage à John Brunner, Dennis Meadows, Marion King Hubbert et quelques autres

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İngilizce translation

The sheep look up

So here we are, seven or eight billion
dim-witted children deluding ourselves
with science and religion while
the four horsemen champ at the bit.
 
Life vanishes around us,
as if eaten away by an aggressive cancer
while we endeavour to squander with an idiotic zeal
the last treasures of the Earth.
 
But the oil era is coming to an end
and soon we'll have to fight over
the last ploughable fields
under the whims of a weather turned mad.
 
Your way of life is not up for negotiation
but nature doesn't care, it doesn't negotiate.
When there won't be enough left even for the rich
the four horsemen will come back and do the cleanup.
 
Wake up. Go back to sleep. No matter.
The best we can hope for
is a bit of pity mingled with the hatred
the survivors will feel for us in a hundred years.
 
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petit élève kullanıcısı tarafından Perş, 21/06/2018 - 01:10 tarihinde eklendi
petit élève tarafından en son Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 22:09 tarihinde düzenlendi
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The title refers to John Brunner's novel.
Have a nice apocalypse.

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Gavin    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 21:49

Well, retarded is pretty offensive but then so is demeuré so I think that's deliberate. Other possibilities would be half-witted, backward, imbecilic, dim-witted...
Slow-witted...

petit élève    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 22:02

What about "dim-witted" then ? The idea is to put something strong here.

Gavin    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 22:07

Well retarded *is* strong. The only problem is that it's very non-pc. However, personally I think it's good - it's meant to be a scathing critique n'est-ce pas?
Dim-witted works well though if you want to avoid ruffling too many feathers.

petit élève    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 22:08

I suppose too much provocation is likely to scare people away, so I'm willing to compromise Regular smile
On the other hand It's not as if I saw myself as the new Zarathustra.
I just felt the somewhat childish need to write down what is probably lingering on the back of a lot of people's mind.

Gavin    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 22:30

Thus spake Petit Elève Wink smile

I think dim-witted does sound a little better actually, now that you've changed it.

petit élève    Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 07:08

Ok Mr. Nietzche, I will spare you the long version.

Tobacco should kill me before the shit really hits the fan anyway. Who cares what comes next, eh?
Let the youngsters discover the real benefits of green growth and sort that mess.
I just hope they will be smarter than we were.

Gavin    Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 15:41

Indeed - while we're far from the first generation to predict dire consequences for the generations to come we do seem to be perilously close to a tipping point. If not several steps beyond it already.
And I don't think we've ever seen a world leader so gleefully stomp over the few positive steps achieved. Certainly a grim forecast. The real choice seems to be which of the horseman gets to win the race...gentlemen place your bets.

petit élève    Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 17:25

Something must break, only we can't predict what will give way first.

We've gone for all the easy pickings and now we're running out of so many things at once: energy, raw materials, land, food, water...
Will we just starve, or kill each other, or be wiped out by some plague or commit some kind or collective suicide? No idea.

What I'm pretty sure of is that human population will never reach the 10 billions green growth imbeciles and crooks are selling us.
In 100 year's time we'll be lucky to be down to pre-industrial levels, about 1 billion tops.
That is, if we manage not to screw up the atmosphere too badly or virtify too much of the landscape in the mean time.

The best we can do is choose the way our population will shrink.
We could hope for a path that would minimize human suffering and damage to the living, but apparently that's not where we're headed.

Gavin    Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 16:54

I always find myself imagining some kind of fertility reducing plague. Nobody has to suffer or die just an enforced population reduction.
Then I think on and realise that this would raise all sorts of socio-political problems. Lack of a younger generation to support the existing population, commoditization of the fertile and of children (Handmaid's Tale)... but at least in 50 years or so the population could be back under a billion.
But yeah, increasing hostility as the world fights over the dwindling scraps seems the most likely future. Unless the comet arrives first to save our dignity...

petit élève    Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 18:18

In my personal fantasies about how to put things straight, I dream of a way to make the higher-ups share the fears and concerns of the people they force their decisions upon.

If only the rich bastards didn't feel they can buy their way out of anything, quite a few problems would soon solve themselves. That includes we rich Western bastards doing away with our pillaging of the planet, of course.

That would give human ears a rest from a sizeable portion of the bullshit being spouted into them, as an added benefit.

In other words, the only thing that could spare us the worst of things to come is empathy, but it's been relegated to the very bottom of the agenda, and it's getting worse by the day.
That's really what makes Trump the monster he is, in my opinion. And to be honest, I don't rate our president very much higher on that scale. Not to mention your old Tory hag. Or the beloved Vova paying lip service to the glorious dead of WWII while his beloved citizens get drunk on brake fluid.

Gavin    Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 21:04

Yes a good dose of empathy with maybe a side serving of humility. They don't like it up 'em! If only we could make everyone feel the full brunt of their own actions eh?

Put me in mind a little of Peter Gabriel's "Here comes the flood" - he sang of what would happen if there was a flood of telepathy, of how only those who were open and honest would survive. But for telepathy one could easily read empathy - one would surely follow the other?

It's strange to see the dissatisfaction with Macron from this side of the channel. I mean no doubt he's an a-hole but against the anglos he at least looks vaguely competent. But maybe that's why he's dangerous? Only Canada seems to be at all forward looking at the moment.

petit élève    Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 20:40

"Fair play, they’ve got to get their laughs from somewhere" Teeth smile

petit élève    Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 20:42

Oh yes, I quite like that one. Very symbolic, like the whole zombie theme as a reflection of paranoia being deemed a cadrinal virtue in the imbecile ideology that rules the world.

Brat    Salı, 26/06/2018 - 18:10
petit élève wrote:

Or the beloved Vova paying lip service to the glorious dead of WWII while his beloved citizens get drunk on brake fluid.

Quod licet Iovi, non licet Vovi... What a pity, though. Sad smile

petit élève    Salı, 26/06/2018 - 18:15

I'm not sure granting more power to Vova would be such a good idea.

Gavin    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 22:07

Oh, you need to lose the "s" of billions now too...
We say:
There are billions of people
but:
There are 7 billion people.

Igeethecat    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 22:38

That’s the best grammar lesson, I got today, thank you
And if it will be 7.000.001, how would you say?

Gavin    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 22:51

Seven million and one.
Also note that in English it's commas not points. Points are just used to separate the decimal fractions.
So 7,000,001 (or 7,000,001.00)
Regular smile

Igeethecat    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 23:13

Thanks, I’m totally cool with commas, the reason I made them in points, is that I am learning Spanish and one site insisted to use points, and I think we did the same in Russian ...
And the question about 7 millions and one came from my stupid curiosity, I am sorry
It is about me learning Spanish too..

Thanks a lot for your responses. It means a lot, really...

Gavin    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 23:45

No problem, glad to be of assistance!
French (and I think Spanish) use points where English uses commas and vice-versa.

It's worth remembering that Americans tend not to say "and". While Brits say "one hundred and one", Americans just say "one hundred one". Always sounds wrong to me! Wink smile

Joutsenpoika    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 23:42

If I may butt in, the usual practice nowadays in France as well as in Canada is to use (unbreakable) spaces:

7 500 000 000 de gens qui ne savent pas pourquoi ils sont là.

In Switzerland, people use apostrophes no matter which of their four official languages they use:

7'500'000'000

Gavin    Pzr, 24/06/2018 - 23:44

Oh yes I have seen that too. Regular smile

Igeethecat    Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 04:43
Gavin wrote:

It's worth remembering that Americans tend not to say "and". While Brits say "one hundred and one", Americans just say "one hundred one". Always sounds wrong to me! Wink smile

Oh, in this case, Americans would say just ‘one-O-one’ Regular smile

Gavin    Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 10:56

Oh well we would say that too sometimes. Regular smile

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