Now comes the actor Leo DiCaprio and his grandiose ambition to “restore” a fragile barrier caye off the eastern coast of Belize by creating a temple of narcissism beneath the guise of a wellness resort. In an article in the New York Times that reads like an infomercial, entirely free from skeptical counterpoint, Mr. DiCaprio asserts:
After reading this sentence, we thought that perhaps the actor had put on the mask of the Trickster, toying gleefully with our consummate hypocrisies; alas, he is dead in earnest.
More promotional blather from Mr. DiCaprio:
The counter-thesis that we humans must refrain from “saving the world” and vastly reduce our sphere of actions and interventions receives nary a thought from the model-building actor, who then chimes in with the humble intention to “regenerate the entire ecosystem”.
Oh my — what could possibly go wrong?
The architect for the project, Jason McLennan, described on his website as “one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement” (sigh), enumerates the laundry list of wellness amenities that will be made available to the target market of well-intentioned sleepwalkers:
Lo and behold, the project also bears the stamp of approval from the “poet-prophet of alternative medicine”, who — quelle surprise! — serves on the board of Delos:
All impulse towards satire is reduced to silence by the unedited reality; so to the world-healers and poet-prophets of Delos, we submit the following memo: