When Greta Thunberg began featuring in mainstream media reports, many people saw a small, stunted girl with the staring expression of someone not quite in contact with her surroundings. Hand-wringing Greta seemed to be playing out a role. This acting-out became disturbingly obvious in her manic ‘how dare you’ speech to the world of recalcitrant adults.
The left did not care about the possible psychological or emotional harm. They immediately seized the political opportunity and went into full manipulative mode. It was a repeat of the Vietnam War tactics. Times magazines sank to rock bottom and fashioned the sweating, hand-wringing, eye-darting 15-year-old into the Climate Change poster girl.
Still, not many of us knew or could guess the extent of Greta’s psychological issues. In an essay on Quillette, Self-Harm Versus the Greater Good: Greta Thunberg and Child Activism, Pauline Neuding provides a fair picture.