Greenism

Greenish. Socialism. Is this where we are going?

Why are we so foolish, I can’t help but wonder sometimes. We’re most foolish when we go down one lane of thought, listen to only one perspective, read only what satisfies our foolishness, and then think we are so wise.

Here is a Bible verse I often quote for good reason, it fits us to a tee:

For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.…(Romans 1:21-23.)

Honestly we don’t read these verses often enough because we continue to trip over our irrationality. Pope Francis wrote this in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ (Praise be to you):

“Our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life , , , [who] now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her. The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. Scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history. The way to a better future lies elsewhere.”

Steven Pinker commenting on the Pope’s message says this about his words: 

“Unless we repent our sins by degrowth [Degrowth is a political, economic, and social movement based on ecological economics, anti-consumerist and anti-capitalist ideas. It is also considered an essential economic strategy responding to the limits-to-growth dilemma], deindustrialization, and a rejection of the false gods of science, technology, and progress, humanity will face a ghastly reckoning in an environmental judgement day.”

Quoting Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Pinker’s book, Enlightenment Now, Watson says: 

“We need to radically and intelligently reduce human populations to fewer than one billion . . . Curing a body of cancer requires radical and invasive therapy, and therefore, curing the biosphere of the human virus will also require a radical and invasive approach.”

As Pinker argues in Chapter 10, “The Environment”;  “. . . I will present a conception of environmentalism which shares the goals of protecting the air and water, species, and ecosystems but grounded in Enlightenment optimism rather than Romantic diclinism.”

Radical environmentalist sincerely believe that it is people who are destroying the earth and the only way to save the earth from blowing up  into a billion pieces of rock will be to rid earth of man, woman, and child. Poof, be gone! Millions, billions of years the earth has existed, never has it been in danger as it now is of being destroyed and uninhabitable, so goes the story of radical environmentalism.

When environmental science began tracking all that went on in earth they saw good things and bad things. Species came and they went, like the dinosaurs, but that was just nature at work. When man showed up on earth somehow he wasn’t natural to earth. What was he then? A space alien? Not really. Homo Sapiens were part of the evolutionary process of natural selection. Contrary to the romantic myth primitive man was not kind to the earth, there just wasn’t large enough populations to amount to much damage. As numbers of people grew so too did changes happen to the earth brought on by man as man used the earth for him/herself.

There wasn’t a biblical injunction to “fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Subdue and rule doesn’t mean do what you want, it means take care of, you are the managers of the earth. We were never very good at this, never really understand the interrelatedness of all things and so unintended or unknown consequences didn’t always leave the earth in the best of shape.

The industrial revolution changed everything and horse power gave way to steam power gave way to oil driven machines that added toxins to the air. But rather than beat the drum of caution and responsibility environmental science became political and we now talked only in extremes. Natural changes were no longer accepted as natural, everything bad was man caused. And man was so evil we could never fix so the only way to fix it is to get rid of man.

As the Pope believes, science and technology got us into this mess, and following the words of Paul Watson, “curing the biosphere of the human virus will also require a radical and invasive approach.” The New Green Deal the Democratic Party is all gaga over is all about eradicating man to the fullest extent possible by taking away his cars, his fossil fuel energy, his money, erasing as much of man’s footprint as our erasers can erase. That’s why in Southern California, especially, major condo complexes are being built to force citizens into one area off the land leaving the land for nature to survive. In these complexes are places where all your needs can be met so you won’t need cars to pollute the earth.

I don’t think many of us understand the political philosophy behind “greenism” that is being championed by our political leaders and environmental whackos. We’ve bought into the extremism they are selling, certainly the leftists of the Socialist State of California have. It all feels so innocent now because the pinch hasn’t hit many of us where it hurts, but ask yourself why so many in California are leaving the State for places with some sanity left. And isn’t Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez so cute, and sincere? It doesn’t matter that she doesn’t know what she is talking about, has no idea the implications of her proposal, she’s doing something and isn’t that worthwhile?

Not really.