April 22, 2009

Gratuitous April 22 Posting


Happy "Earth" Day! Have you hugged your Mother yet?

I've been reading articles here and there over the past day or two about the Great Green Brainwashing of our children by the schools and the Culchah, full of dire stories of kiddies having conniptions at the sight of their parents failing to recycle or biting into a tuna sammich or the like.

I don't doubt that there are some such young neurotics out there and that they probably do get fed a steady diet of man-made global doom stories. I'm happy to say, however, that none of the Llama-ettes seem to have succumbed to such twaddle. This, no doubt, is because on the very rare occasions when they have brought up the subject of melting glaciers or the like in my hearing, it has been met with a dismissive wave of the hand and a curt "Tchah!"

What's most infuriating about all of this is that the good lesson gets masked by the bad: Conservation and responsible stewardship are unimpeachable values, well grounded in moral, religious and economic sense. But those values have been hijacked and co-opted by the eco-zealots, whose own motivations have very little to do with communal and personal responsibility and more to do with a general nihilistic contempt for humanity in general and the West in particular.

Now a gang of loud-mouthed hippies in and of itself doesn't pose much of a threat. But when corporate and guv'mint fellow-travellers climb aboard the train - recognizing it as a ticket straight to expanded power for themselves - well, then we have a much more serious problem.

Posted by Robert at April 22, 2009 02:56 PM | TrackBack

Where's Gov Moonbeam and "Spaceship Earth"...

Posted by: kmr at April 22, 2009 05:35 PM

Exactly how I feel. I recycle because it makes sense. I hate to waste things and I believe in good stewardship.

Posted by: Sarah G. at April 22, 2009 08:45 PM

"General nihilistic contempt for humanity"

Yup! The enviroment has nothing to do with it.

Posted by: stillers at April 23, 2009 01:56 AM

The other day I replaced the CFL bulb on the porch light. They do last longer, using less electricity, a frugality that assuages my Scottish & Dutch blood. But I threw the old, mercury filled bulb in the trash.

Posted by: rbj at April 23, 2009 08:12 AM