Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Time magazine part III
Ok I've decided to skip past all the great things anyone can do to save the world from warming up as given by Time magazine, but will tell you of a few doosies:
11. Wear Vintage Clothes
15. Move to a high rise building
16. Pay your bills on time
21. Coze up to your water heater
22. Skip the steak - go vegetarian
26. Plant a bamboo fence
27. Fly by plane in a straight line
29. Don't wear a tie and suit
31. Wear green eye shadow
34. Use a rake instead of a leaf blower
45. When driving, turn right instead of left
As you can see all the above are absurd useless things to do. Have a look through the list and determine if any of the steps will actually make a difference. Answer is that all of them will make extremely minimal differences.
But it's the point number 51 that I want to look at more closely. Lets see what it says:
there is an older path to reducing our impact on the planet that will feel familar to Evangelical Christians and Buddhists alike.
Excellent, I'm glad they brought up religion.
Ok, and what will that do?
Give me one good reason why meditation will make any significant difference at all to global temperatures. Just one.
This is sounding very anti-capitalist instead of anti-warming.
Well everyone always thinks. I presume they mean thing more productively. Maybe I can close my eyes and just think hard about temperature decreases and it will work.
Get to know your neighbors.
You've got to be kidding? If getting to know your neighbors will decrease global temperatures then we are all doomed. Is this seriously for real?
Borrow when you need to and lend when asked.
Ok, I am starting to realise that this is not about reducing global temperatures at all, but rather certain people telling others how they should live their lives.
E.F. Schumacher praised that philosophy this way in Small Is Beautiful: "Amazingly small means leading to extraordinarily satisfying results.
Yep, my thoughts are confirmed. You see this post is the main reason why any critic would be, in fact, critical. For many, protesting about global warming and the effects that man have on it, is not about reducing the global temperature but is rather a way to get people to consume less, live a simple life like we did 100 years ago and cripple the American economy. It is a purely anti-capitalist movement. A movement, which as described by Time itself, a religious endevour.