Observations and arguments.


In a feature in the New York Review of Books, Bill Moyers delivers one more knife to the gut with another lucid, bitter reflection on the new reality. In this case, the uselessness of environmental ethics in the face of the Rapture and its growing constituency in America and within its halls of power.

On some level of hyperrationality I understand that my faith in science is as subjective and unprovable as American Christians’ unquestioning adherence to the raving of madmen and liars, but at an even more fundamental level we’re all stuck with each other so why can’t we just adopt some common principles of respect for each other and our children and our children’s children. It’s just being good roommates.

Because otherwise honestly, I could opt for solipsism and set these fucking people aflame with gasoline, and why would it even matter.

Which, basically, I suppose is my complaint.

That their Rapture is the fire in which they intend to let me and my family burn, because we do not live in [h]im or believe in [h]im so we can all just stay on this poisoned, flooding, barren earth to die.

It does not create a space of lovingkindness for discourse that is even civic, let alone civil.

As Probst is fond of repeating, Survivor is a social game.

So when you’ve got players who can’t wait to be yoinked off the island, because the soft bed, warm shower, and bar tab waiting back at the resort seems like a better deal than the arguing and insects and unripe coconuts, it makes for a poor showing at the challenges, and frankly it’s just bad television.

Which brings us back around to today’s questions:
What kind of a world do you tell The Boy he is entering into? How do you teach The Boy the gospel truth without the book of John? And what is that jammed under Daddy’s ribs, and will the bleeding stop soon?

post scriptum March 10
NYT article on a movement within the evangelical community to embrace the science of climate change and the call to slow it. As with all things, there is more than one reality at work.


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