Carbon credits are those remarkable items that some people purchase to make themselves feel better about their own pollution. It is a remarkable system – I won’t change anything about my habits, but I’ll send money to have someone else plant a tree (that I’ll never see) somewhere in the world. The ultra-wealthy love carbon credits, and are known to jet set around in private airplanes while complaining to everyone that will listen about how we are killing the planet. Take this story for example.
However, despite these initial thoughts, I am not writing this post about carbon credits. Instead, I wanted to talk about something I will call, “woke credits.” It seems that there is a newer phenomenon in which people in one class bewail the fact of their existence in an effort to show solidarity with others. So, for instance, there is the example of a young man from a rich family who finds his wealth repugnant. He has written a piece describing his horrible plight for all the inquiring minds out there. Now, like most of you, I was not born rich and have no idea about the sufferings of those who have more than a billion dollars (or a million dollars). But, for some, the struggle is real and they want to identify with the rest of us… or something like that. Now, the real world simple solution is just to give all the money away and come down here and live and work like the rest of us. But, thanks to woke credits he doesn’t have to do that. Instead, he writes an article for a website, tells his readers how his wealth is immoral and the system should change, describe his struggles with juggling so much money while being ever vigilant in recognizing social issues. The beauty of this is that, by writing this article he gets to stay rich, sleep well at night, and be a hero to all of his woke buddies. But, to most of us, we just look at him, scratch our heads, and think, is this guy serious?
Woke credits are also used by certain Hollywood types to signal their angst at being in the elite section of society. So, take for example the recent screed by Rosanna Arquette in which she laments being born her. Yep, you read that right. To heck with the self-esteem movement! (You can read about the incident here, here, and here) So, this particular actress was born into a family of actor-types, has been in several movies, enjoys the wealth and fame that comes with such, and has decided that she is disgusted by being born the way she was. What message does this send to people who are born into actual bad predicaments? Still, by claiming she is ashamed to be who she is, and disgusted by her own birth, she has managed to utilize woke credits to her advantage (how privileged) and is now able to return to her posh Hollywood life as herself. This entire post so far has been difficult to compose with a straight face and feels like fiction. Sometimes, however, truth is stranger than fiction.
Now, there are some out there that are not yet fully invested into woke credits. Instead, they are merely working off of “feels.” It is true that “feels” are a powerful force in our present world, but they don’t seem to have the same purchase power that woke credits do. Take, for example, the case of Tom Steyer. He is a billionaire that recently decided to let folks know that he doesn’t see himself as rich. This is, without question, a truly remarkable statement. A man worth over a billion dollars, and who is willing to spend 100 million dollars on his own political campaign, does not see himself as rich! I suppose he sees himself as one of us common folk. I mean, after all, don’t most Americans you know toss around a hundred million here or there on pet causes and political campaigns? Sheez… Anyhow, as Ben Shapiro is fond of saying, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” So, Tom, I’m thrilled to learn you don’t see yourself as rich. However, this doesn’t change the fact that you are rich. In fact, you are very, very rich.
That is all for now. Until next time, know that in addition to carbon credits you can also now use woke credits.