Inconvenient Truth for Whom?

May 23, 2007 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

 I suppose most people have had a chance to view Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” What a great eye opener. As I see it, the truth this documentary notes is inconvenient mainly for big business. We are a consumer society and big businesses bustle to supply us. If a big business paid more than lip service to environmental concerns, their competition would stomp them into the dust, which is certainly inconvenient. If all governments of the world were able to coordinate a mandate to seriously address the environmental issue then something positive might happen. Of course costs would be marked up and passed on to the consumers who would complain like there was no tomorrow. Chances of change happening? Slim to none. Result? Status quo. Consumer gluttony rolls on, Mother Earth continues to suffer.

With the 40th anniversary of the hippie movement being celebrated this year, our attention is drawn to the “back to the earth” movement that happened then. (Do you remember “earth mothers”?) It was interesting to see an article this past weekend featuring a commune that is still in existence at the east side of Algonquin Park. It reminds me that people have been advocating walking softly upon the earth for a long time. I think the hippie “back to the earth” movement was motivated by a true love of nature and creation. However, today our materialistic, capitalistic society has an ulterior motive. While still advocating love of nature, I think our consumer society is really more concerned with preserving or prolonging this current feeding frenzy. Spiritual folk rightly decry our wasteful ways and brood over how we are destroying nature but does anyone realize that nature will win in the end? We may destroy ourselves but nature will go on.

I was surprised to read in National Geographic that there have been a number of mass extinctions over time. What then would be so strange about a self-induced extinction of the human species? Nature would continue and God would still exist: just without us. Consider the power of this planet (demonstrated in small part in the Indonesian tsunami) and multiply it by the untold power of the universe and human existence becomes insignificant.

We have options. The option we need to go with will result in our continued existence but it will spell the end of our over consumption, which is the root of the problem. We must listen to the folks like Al Gore speaking for a caring stewardship of creation. We must walk softly upon the earth. We must live a more ascetic life. We must get over the arrogance that human existence is the pinnacle of creation and realize that we are only a part of a vast creation.

We are free not to heed the warnings of these environmental prophets but there is a very real consequence to our selective deafness.


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