Tagged: environmental

The Heart Of The Sourdough

There where the mighty mountains bare their fangs unto the moon,
There where the sullen sun-dogs glare in the snow-bright, bitter noon,
And the glacier-glutted streams sweep down at the clarion call of June.

There where the livid tundras keep their tryst with the tranquil snows;
There where the silences are spawned, and the light of hell-fire flows
Into the bowl of the midnight sky, violet, amber and rose.

There where the rapids churn and roar, and the ice-floes bellowing run;
Where the tortured, twisted rivers of blood rush to the setting sun —
I’ve packed my kit and I’m going, boys, ere another day is done.

* * * * *

I knew it would call, or soon or late, as it calls the whirring wings;
It’s the olden lure, it’s the golden lure, it’s the lure of the timeless things,
And to-night, oh, God of the trails untrod, how it whines in my heart-strings!

I’m sick to death of your well-groomed gods, your make believe and your show;
I long for a whiff of bacon and beans, a snug shakedown in the snow;
A trail to break, and a life at stake, and another bout with the foe.

With the raw-ribbed Wild that abhors all life, the Wild that would crush and rend,
I have clinched and closed with the naked North, I have learned to defy and defend;
Shoulder to shoulder we have fought it out — yet the Wild must win in the end.

I have flouted the Wild. I have followed its lure, fearless, familiar, alone;
By all that the battle means and makes I claim that land for mine own;
Yet the Wild must win, and a day will come when I shall be overthrown.

Then when as wolf-dogs fight we’ve fought, the lean wolf-land and I;
Fought and bled till the snows are red under the reeling sky;
Even as lean wolf-dog goes down will I go down and die.

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Is Environmentalism A Religion?

Michael Crichton, author of State of Fear and other best-selling novels, delivered this lecture at the Commonwealth Club on September 15, 2003.

“I have been asked to talk about what I consider the most important challenge facing mankind, and I have a fundamental answer,” opens Crichton. “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.”

You can read the entire speech in PDF format at www.heartland.org/policy-documents/mankinds-greatest-challenge  . . .

This is not a rebuttal as much as my own viewpoint on the subject. I do not refute what Michael is saying . . . I agree with much of it . . . BUT . . . like Paul Harvey used to say, here’s my rest of the story.

In his lecture Michael relates the negative sides of environmentalism as well as the negative aspects of religion, pairs the two quite well and comes out with a savior called science. In other words he gives a good version of the old ‘science vs religion’ gunfight and  does it skillfully . . .  but to me it tasted sorta like overcooked pasta swimming in rancid tomato sauce.( I can see why Heartland.com would pick it up and post it on their website as it fits perfectly into their “big oil” agenda).

Now on one level I suppose you could say that environmentalism IS a religion, but IMO it’s not a religion at all. Religion can be anything from begging God for a new Mercedes Benz to killing children in the name of God. Religion is proof positive that few folks have even the slightest clue as what God actually is, unless they parrot for their particular faith.

This environment in which we live is much more than any of that, it’s in our face, it’s the root foundation of everything we know. We are hooked to it by the umbilical chord

Religion demands faith and the ability to read . . . science demands proof . . . the environment demands merely that one open their eyes and observe. If there is a God out there somewhere the only way we will ever see HIm/Her/or It will be through the natural world of which we are a part. The Artist revealing his work . . . that’s it.

Religion reveals it’s God(s) in a book . . . environment reveals it’s God via the things that are made.  Science is the study of all these things that God has made. Without the environment there would be no need for science Or religion to exist.

We may be able to argue ad infinausium about the depletion of fossil fuels, or the state of the ice field, or what Fukashima did (is still doing) to the Pacific Ocean, or the reasons as to why all those whales are floating up on Alaskan beaches . . . but we need very fogged up glasses or a very greed fucked brain not to see with our own eyes the true state of this planet we call home.

As a word of caution, it behooves those of us in the environmental movement NOT to make things up in order to make reality sound worse than it actually is . . . or to go all faddy urban greenie so we can impress our friends. . . this thing is serious, folks.

We need to come together and work in earnest using ALL aspects of this argument in unison if we are to ever win this thing for our children and their children after them. That means both religion AND science need to get involved in order to save this environment.

Religion (unless it’s way off norm) has the morality issue . . . science has the knowledge issue. . .  the environment in which we live IS the issue. What else could be more important?

In the beginning of his speech Michael Crichton said when asked, “What do I consider the most important challenge facing mankind? I have a fundamental answer,” opens Crichton. “The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda.”

I agree with that . . . but if I were asked the same question I would answer ”the greatest and most important issue facing mankind today is spiritual ignorance. We have been systematically robbed of our basic knowledge and intuition by religion . . . we have been systematically robbed of our basic knowledge and intuition by science . . . and the state of our environment, without a doubt, proves it.”

Planet or Profit?

warningI posted this as a reference point for all those interested in our global condition. Not endorsing nor denying (as I haven’t read or researched any of these links). . . just saying . . . but Truth Out is a good and reputable site to gather information.

Planet or Profit?.

Nobody Seems To Notice . . . Nobody Seems To Care

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You can enlarge this by clicking on the picture

The illustration at the beginning of this essay is an art image called “Magic Eye”. Inside all those lines and colors there is seated a picture of a familiar, well known object . . . can you see and recognize it?

Well I’m guessing you can’t. I believe it is impossible to stare AT the painting and see anything more than the obvious wiggling lines and colors. My bet is, unless you are aware of how to manipulate your vision and decipher the painting, that is all you can see.

There is a trick and the main part of the trick is not to stare AT the picture at all, but stare THROUGH it as if you were looking behind the image in front of you. If you do that it soon pops into 3D view and you can’t believe you couldn’t see it all in the first place. You were tricked.

Now I used that as an example to show you what you see every night when you watch the evening news . . . media inspired trickery. The real story, or the rest of the story as Paul Harvey would say, is rarely shown or talked about. Instead we are fed the same pablum over and over again. It’s so obvious once you learn to read behind the lines that it is laughable.

In todays news escaped prisoners and gay marriage is all anyone is talking about . . . and of course the usual terrorist warning, now it’s the lone wolf that’s gonna get us. Ever read the kid story about the boy who cried wolf so much that when the wolf finally did show up no one even listened to him?

This stuff is important I suppose and I’m glad the gays can marry, but come on, this is all second and third tier stuff in my opinion. I want to hear the truth about Fukushima . . . about war mongering in Ukraine . . . about the demonstrations against the Central Banks in Germany. I want to know many, many things that the US media is not talking about and all I see is, what? Chocolate covered bullshit.

Man, you’d think they were trying pull one over on us and trick us into believing all is well in America, when if you look behind the scenes you will see that global warming is upon us . . . US and Russia are almost at war . . . Fukushima is still constantly dumping tons of radioactive stuff into the Pacific every day, and that stuff is killing the ocean and making a beachhead on our western shore. . . birds/plants/fish/corral/large carnivores are all disappearing . . . as well as glaciers and ice shelves across the globe. West Virginia is being leveled by fossil fuel corporations that could care less. Fracking is gone viral across the land, and what about our water supply??

Nobody seems to notice . . . nobody seems to care, and the beat goes on . . . all the way to extinction.

PS . . . The answer to the image is that in the center the ying yang symbol will appear in 3d . . .