The following is my comment (headers added) to a recent post on EuroYank's blog: "When Peak Oil and Peak Population Implode the Earth," by EuroYank. February 21, 2009.
Again, I'm planning on using my comment on your site as the basis of a post on the RLCC site.
Hello EuroYank and All,
GREED AND NOT LACK OF INGENUITY IS THE PROBLEM
Greed is the problem and not that there are no human beings with the gift of ingenuity to bring forth truly clean, safe, alternative energy in greater supply than ever supplied by the oil industry. That said, many of the dire and urgent warnings in your post and cited-and-linked references are still valuable. I have written myself about the population explosion and peak oil.
While I don't hold with the view of many libertarian capitalists that the Club of Rome is any worse than are those libertarians (the Club of Rome being severely ridiculed by certain anti-NWO types (Austrian School [creed of greed] types for one) for worrying about unbridled population growth), I do though hold that technology developed solely out of a pure spirit of unselfishness is not inherently evil (is not an iteration of Nimrod's Tower of Babel). It's not the end-all-be-all, but it's not sin. I do believe metaphysical provisioning is there for the truly worthy.
SELFISHNESS DOES NOT AND WILL NOT WORK, EVER
I say all of this, because certain of the libertarians simply claim that selfish, capitalist technology to come will take care. Well, that's the "clean-coal" (no such thing, so far) hope. Why bother even trying though when there are so many obviously better choices [cheaper; proven now]? The reason is those who are already heavily invested in the coal supply-and-use chain. Also, we've seen what the technology of Monsanto has been doing - causing diseases and backfiring by aiding in rapid mutation (yes Darwin and more importantly Gregor Johann Mendel) for resistant pests, etc. The promises of Monsanto are all backfiring, because they are greedy.
The greedy spirit cannot bring forth good. It's impossible. A rotten tree with a rotten root does not produce good and delicious and healthy, wholesome fruit fit for human consumption - physical or spiritual.
If we were as one human race (which we are) to come together in the spirit of humble, loving service, there is no doubt in my mind that the answers would be supplied. The only blockage is selfishness that runs to hyper-greed. It is the private-profit motive that is the devouring spirit. It's the spirit of usury. It's the spirit of mammon and the medium of exchange versus just plain giving, as Jesus fed the five thousand from love absent all hypocrisy.
There is no real love in capitalism or any system of mundane money such as the U.S. dollar. Its mindset is short term. Most of the tycoons of the 1920's didn't give a damn about the people inheriting the Earth of 2009. They got theirs in the 1920's and on, are dead now, and not in Heaven, as a direct consequence of their spirits and deeds (including gross, intentional negligence).
I'm surprised you aren't inundated by anti-environmentalists. Are they just not commenting, or are you killing their comments because they are so stupid (you did write that you wouldn't allow dumb comments)? Of course, if you don't allow dumb comments, you don't get to refute them and thereby show your readers how to do that.
DEBATING RULE: A WORKING CONSCIENCE
The problem with opening the floodgates is knowing how and when to control them and to shut them off when they refuse to be convicted by a working conscience and just want to swamp a discussion with no debating rules. Many of them so far have actually refused to the bitter end to develop a working conscience. It gets in the way of private profits at the direct, negative expense of everyone else, as your more recent post clearly demonstrates. The rich get richer (in unrighteous mammon; hardly richer in the eternal spirit of righteousness) while the poor get poorer.
CREDIT WHERE DUE
This is a good post: Deserves credit on its level. I use the term "good" in the mundane here. Only one is good who is our Father (no sexism intended) in the real, New Heaven. I know this is not lost on you, EuroYank.
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