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Compunction, indulgences, confession…

August 5, 2011

Our friend at Pirates’ Cove links to an article that uses different descriptions for concepts we have talked about off and on here – notably AGW hypocrisy

Most religious movements have some common threads

  1. recognition the world isn’t working as it should  – all major religions acknowledge “we lost Eden” although they use different words
  2. recommendations on what should be purged or what action those whose eyes have been opened to the problem should take
  3. a path to “making up for the bad things we did”
  4. recommended ways to confess our transgressions when we make the same mistakes we’ve made in the past (ex: Catholic indulgences)
  5. A “what to do” in order to change your life moving forward
  6. a sense of belonging to a community who gets it – unlike the rest of those uninitiated unbelievers out there

The climate change folks have exhibited a lot of these characteristics. In particular, the tendency to apply #4 to themselves and #5 to everyone else

William Yeatman: I would like Al Gore, if he lived like a pauper. I wouldn’t agree with him, but I would respect him. Instead, he preaches sacrifice for the world, while he lives the life of a glutton. …

UPDATE: Add trackback to Michelle Malkin with some of Gore doing his latest…um, whatever it is he does…

Hans Rosling – of the WHO does a lot of speeches explaining world health, population statistics and industrialization. In the talk linked here, he points out that none of his students – regardless of how committed a greenie they are – are willing to wash their clothes by a river because washing machines consume natural resources (water, electricity). Those same greenie students want to deny people in the third world the developed world conveniences they assume for themselves – all in the name of reducing climate impact.

Instead of walking the walk, they preach, and find ways to easily identify who’s part of their club – paying more money for certain conveniences as “with it” absolution – ‘we’re really doing something to help prevent AGW’ by shopping at Whole Foods, buying a Prius, buying $20 T-shirts

Yeatman: Yesterday, I received an email from The Climate Reality Project asking me “to demonstrate to the world and its leaders that we want action now on climate change,” by buying a $20 designer shirt….

While I’m certain these $20 shirts will make environmentalists feel better about themselves, it’s unclear how they would help solve the “climate crisis.”…

It does however make these folks feel like they’re doing something.  See NRO for “The Green Left’s Ten Thousand Commandments

Victor Davis Hanson

…another mystery is the leftism of those who live in a world of hierarchical privilege… is the elite left’s infatuation with the good life … a sort of medieval exemption, or perhaps penance? The price for living well is to advocate government subsidies for the less well off … and disdain for those who grub for money …Does buying a $40,000 ticket to the president’s 50th birthday party mean that one is exempt from the presidential invective against “millionaires and billionaires” and “corporate jet owners”?

so Smash Mouth comes to mind…

Twenty-five years ago they spoke out and they broke out
Of recession and oppression and together they toked
And they folked out with guitars around a bonfire
Just singin’ and clappin’ man what the hell happened….

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynn Comp permalink*
    August 7, 2011 9:34 pm

    GK Chesterton had a quote “Once abolish the God and the government becomes the God”. A friend once said to me “I’m unable to reject what evolution has instilled in me – I can’t not believe in God because evolution made me that way”….and then established a cornucopia of spiritual beliefs from different traditions for himself – like a religious chinese buffet. There seems to be an “itch” for a set of the most self-proclaimed secularist to participate in confession, repentance, salvation, guilt-relieving ritual, evangelism etc. The manufactured combinations vary each generation, but it seems the man-made experiences are just as religious as the religions they pooh-pooh…

  2. August 6, 2011 5:17 pm

    I have seen the most reasonable, intelligent people jump up and defend the utter fraud of the East Anglia climate scientists, no matter what sophistic stretches they must make to do so.

    That feels like a misplaced religious zeal to me.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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