Friday, May 14, 2010

Building a religion...

I got a chuckle from this:
Think about the life that a truly conscientious environmentalist must lead! Compared with it, the devout Muslim’s five daily prayers and the pious Jew’s carefully regulated diet are a cakewalk.


(H/T to Shermlock Shomes.)

11 comments:

og said...

I spent six years in the seminary, and I'm damned if I could deal with the demands of being an environmentalist. I mean, the seminary merely expected you to worship an imaginary friend. Environmentalism demands you throw science utterly out the window.

Bram said...

I don't think it's really that bad. You just have to preach the word - telling the peasantry that they need to live like cave men, or better yet, not all. Make a few meaningless gestures – buying carbon offsets, installing solar panels, recycling some trash…

Then limo and private jet your way back to the mansion secure in the knowledge that a place in environmental heaven awaits you. Pretty easy stuff if you can handle being a raging hypocrite and serial liar.

Hypnagogue said...

Stick your head in the mulcher to become one with Gaia.

Mad Saint Jack said...

this post needs a theme song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4yvvCv79QY

LabRat said...

Thanks ever so, I'm going to have "Comfort Eagle" stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

Windy Wilson said...

Yep, Kosher and Halal have nothing on Sustainable Diet. It has to not only be organic, vegetable- and grain-heavy, it has to be low salt, low fat, no transfats, fresh, it has to have been grown locally so as to not besmirch Gaia by moving it around her!

alath said...

I inherited a cat once from a flaming enviro-greenie. She had a book called "The Macrobiotic Cat" and made vegan cat food out of shredded carrots and crushed raisins. She told me the cat "doesn't eat much," but "loves to be outside all the time."

I was actually looking for a cat that was a good hunter, because I needed some rodent depredation.

Turns out that the book "The Macrobiotic Cat" is an excellent program for teaching cats to hunt.

RevolverRob said...

I love how veggie and grain heavy diets are supposed to be gaia friendly. Does anyone realize that we produce more crap, to fertilize and grow plants (even the organic ones) than can ever be saved?

I love how everyone is focused on gas and crude oil as the enemy, when the reality is really quite simple, the "enemy" (if you want to call it that), is people. It's a pretty easy equation to work out and solution is pretty clear too.

-Rob

DirtCrashr said...

That's funny because the ones who the Eco-Sensitives actually worship and model their earthly political behavior upon have absolutely no food restrictions whatsoever; cat, rat, bug, grub, snake, frog - most anything is considered food by the Chinese. And they also don't care much about petty bourgeoisie land-use issues either.

Anonymous said...

I love how veggie and grain heavy diets are supposed to be gaia friendly. Does anyone realize that we produce more crap, to fertilize and grow plants (even the organic ones) than can ever be saved?

Heh, check out the energy inputs to fertilzers. There's a reason you can make bombs from fertilzer.

And for those going: but you can farm organically without synthetic fertilizer, you are correct. We also need to then jack the price of food up drammatically, and lower the quantities.

Mikee said...

Think of people as analogues to the randomly typing, infinite number of monkeys who eventually type out the works of Shakespeare, except people are not randomly typing, they are living somewhat ordered lives.

Part of each life demands some organization of the environment around you, your immediate group (family, tribe, ethnic group, state, empire). That organization, and the efforts to improve it generation by generation, leads from making fire in a cave to iPods.

Progress is not linear, and iPods or their analogues may yet lead to extinction of the species. But people are definitely not the problem; people are the solution to any problem one can name.

I fully expect, when in several hundred years petroleum and coal are used up, the world will have enough fission nuclear, fusion nuclear, and other forms of energy to create civilizations undreamed of currently.

How about harnessing gravity to produce endless energy? I don't know how, someday someone likely will. And when do I get my flying car, powered by banana peels and aluminum cans?