Friday, June 02, 2006

Environment as Religion - The Green Debate

How you ever wondered, like Pilate, 'what is truth'? I have copied a link from a speech by Michael Crichton that I found fascinating, it is long but well worth reading. In it he tackles the issue of truth, specifically with regard the earth, and engages with one trouble of our times - misinformation.

Here are some quotes...

The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance.

Most of us have had some experience interacting with religious fundamentalists, and we understand that one of the problems with fundamentalists is that they have no perspective on themselves.

There is no Eden. There never was. What was that Eden of the wonderful mythic past? Is it the time when infant mortality was 80%, when four children in five died of disease before the age of five? When one woman in six died in childbirth? When the average lifespan was 40, as it was in America a century ago. When plagues swept across the planet, killing millions in a stroke. Was it when millions starved to death? Is that when it was Eden?

Full article can be read at www.crichton-official.com/speeches/index.html

"Environmentalism as Religion"
Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA
September 15, 2003

2 comments:

christian lies said...

What an excellent article.

Remminicent of Freethinker - Philosopher - afterlife communicator, Arthur Findlay who's books I am reading now.
http://www.arthur-findlay.com/
He, a major founder of the Spiritualist belief system and was tottaly agin ALL religeon.

Crichton's take on Passive Smoking is confirmed by many SEE:
http://www.who.int/inf-pr-1998/en/pr98-29.html
et al.

WHAT is the next step in the CONTROL of smokers in pubs?

Everything is about control and I once a member of the Ecology Party, Johnaten Porrit et al, now believe that the Green movement, Geia, Greenpeace et al are controlled and directed by Big Business. It suits their agenda and gives outlets for the malcontents like myself et al.

[what a lot of et al's]

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I was at the Mind and Spirit fair in Inverness today. I said to the crystal stones guy, " I expect you have heard this a zircon times but I am stone deaf".
He hadnt heard that one before perhaps he's stone deaf.

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