The Fall of Man (Finally Some Pleasant News!)
Koreans, being the countrymen of the UN’s current Secretary-General, are as enthralled by the global warming charade as anyone on Earth. That, combined with this small, homogeneous nation’s susceptibility to “trend-think” — celebrities, politicians, and even general beliefs can fly from novelty item to truism (and back again) seemingly overnight — has led to the creation of some homespun climate clichés.
Thus, in a nation famous, to amusing degrees, for boasting about its “four distinct seasons,” it has latterly become fashionable to decry the disappearance of two of those four, namely spring and fall, supposedly due to the machinations the weather demiurge’s evil computer model.
Well, I’m here to testify that I’ve found one of those prodigal seasons, which has apparently been hiding out right here in my own backyard — or rather, on the mountain behind my university campus. “Evidence!” you say. “We need evidence. After all, if the settled science proves that fall no longer exists in a country famous for its gorgeous, long autumns, we’re going to need a lot more than hearsay and anecdotes to persuade us that the greatest minds on this boiling (or freezing, depending on rhetorical convenience) planet, having reached complete unanimity on the matter, could possibly be a tad premature in their exciting — er, that is to say, deeply disturbing — calculations.”
Without further ado, then, and to the shock, I’m sure, of settled scientists such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, I give you the great climate discovery of my Saturday morning walk: The Fall of Man.