What are the two biggest fears of the human race?
Now imagine a woman speaking about the impending apocalypse. That's a nightmare for most people.
So, it doesn't come as a surprise that Greta Thunberg has been subjected to harsh criticism, lately. She is a 16-year-old girl, passionate about one of the most pressing issues on the planet: Climate change.
How dare she?
How dare she skip school to fight for the rights of those who don't have a voice? How dare she present the facts? How dare she hold people accountable for their actions?
What an extraordinary speech by Greta Thunberg. “How dare you” pic.twitter.com/eRTizD4Ai5— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) September 23, 2019
Those are not the things we associate with girls, much less girls her age.
And that gives rise to all kinds of 'conspiracy theories' that suggest Greta is being used by the environmental leftists to take their propaganda forward. It's also being said that her parents are exploiting her to get famous.
"...indoctrinated child being coerced by adults to make their political arguments with her youth as a shield from any criticism."— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) September 24, 2019
What could go wrong?https://t.co/O2rBrYl85F
Make no mistake: This climate hysteria is nothing more than a leftist power grab by people more than willing to hide behind children like @GretaThunberg to disguise their nefarious ends.— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) September 24, 2019
Tucker Carlson is spot on here:https://t.co/6fCyP6PBlq
You accuse the world of "stealing your childhood", @GretaThunberg, but the only people that have stolen your childhood are the leftists who have weaponized you as a political prop.— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) September 23, 2019
You speak often on the ideals you hold, but when will you ever be forced to defend them?
To put things into perspective, these narratives about Greta have become so mainstream, that the President of USA felt the need to post this passive aggressive tweet about her.
She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
I scoured through multiple articles to make sense of the allegations and from what I gathered, her critics are confusing 'attention' with 'popularity'.
Greta is discussing things we all should discuss and act on. That is why she is getting noticed. So, it would be best in this scenario to place trust in her intentions and support her in this big fight against climate change.
That is far from what's happening, though. What I have discussed till now are some of the more respectful criticisms coming her way. Some people have stooped really low, as low as commenting on her disorder.
For instance, Michael J. Knowles - American conservative political commentator - who called her a 'mentally ill Swedish child' on a news program.
For the uninitiated, Greta suffers from Asperger syndrome, which is known to affect a person's communication skills.
Still, she is out there communicating and how!
How dare she?
How dare she make powerful speeches at the United Nations? How dare she start a petition against nations flouting climate laws? How dare she say things how they are?
Knowles also said that her arguments are not scientifically sound because otherwise scientists would be dealing with these issues.
Well, they are.
Greta is a young girl who has been gifted with exceptional amount of courage that makes it possible for her to face the mightiest of forces in the world.
No, autism is not a mental illness.— Georgia Harper (@mindtheflap) September 24, 2019
BUT ALSO: Even if Greta Thunberg *was* mentally ill, that *still* wouldn't discredit her message (that young people can't dream for the future because we're killing the planet 🙃) and to use it against her would *still* be horrendously ableist
"You must do the impossible. Because giving up can never ever be an option."— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 19, 2019
Here is my full speech from the US Congress in print.https://t.co/8KCBeI3klW
So if you don't agree with her arguments, go ahead and express your disagreement. However, it should be based on facts and not on mistrust which is a result of her age, gender and personality disorder.