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Advice for Awkward People

Dear Sarah,

This week, I watched Interstellar for the second time, or rather, the first time not under the influence of potently delicious baked goods. So basically, I watched Interstellar for the first time this week.

It's lingering like a cold sore on my mind. There are, of course, several reasons for this: I felt the emotional wreckage that Coop and Murph's relationship left in my heart, I wondered why Coop would send the "stay" message again when he was there when it didn't work, I still struggled to understand relativity, but most of all, I freaked the fuck out about the environment.

I don't ever want to be alive for a time when Plan A is to abandon Earth and repopulate the great unknown. My survival instincts are pretty weak. Once the panic of our inevitable demise sets in, I'll probably just die from the anxiety. My anxiety is already killing me just thinking about it. So, like, anyone else?

Not to mention, the honey bees, the carbon tipping point, Hurricane Matthew, AND the Great Barrier Reef. Our planet is literally on the verge of a massive natural crisis and some of the most powerful people on the planet still try to look the nation in the face and say there's no problem. Haven't these people seen Interstellar? Are they willingly leading us into a future without food or air? It's not like we need those things, really.

Sarah, talk me down before I hop the next Megabus to D.C. and cause a scene.

I hate thinking of these signatures

Dear IHTOTS,

I'm going to do the opposite of talking you down. 'm going to recommend some more movies. Go ahead and try *The Day After Tomorrow, Into the Storm, Dante's Peak, any Mad Max movie, On the Beach, The Road, and I could go on.

The film industry has embraced the theory that nature will one day kill us, which we kind of deserve for killing nature anyway. You might think, why should I watch all these movies when I'm already mad at humanity for destroying the planet?

It comes down to the psychological principle of habituation — if a stimulus is repeated enough it will begin to have less and less impact. Just inundate your senses with destruction and you'll become numb to it! *t won't help the world, but it will help you not to be as sad about the failure of the human race.

But if you really want to do something, you don't have to hop on a bus to the nation's capital. Show up at the polls this November and vote for candidates that prioritize environmental and climate issues, or at least the candidates that don't openly plan to screw us over, like Donald Trump and Pat Toomey. A vote for either of them is a vote for imminent death. Think about the honey bees, before it's too late.

Go forth in righteous anger,
Sarah