I just wanted to express my condolences to those that did not make it onto the Nobel Peace Prize committee this year, and were thus chagrinned that their selections for nominees and winners were ignored.
The NOBEL PEOPLE pick who they give the award
to. Just like I decide when I want to give my employee a raise or give my kid a gold star. I am grateful that they don't come to my house and argue that there were other kids on the other side of town that deserved the star more. It's just how it is.
As for Al Gore flying, driving, or taking a donkey: I don't think he invented our transportation system. He merely is dependent on it to move about and spread the word of the problems it causes. YES, that is ironic. I'm sure the irony of this situation is not lost
on him. Don't pretend he has such a big choice in transportation methods though. It's a weak and silly assertion. It makes the speaker seem petty, vindictive, and illogical when people say that. Like they don't care about the truth of the matter.
People that hate logic like that are misologists. Like the people who tried to discredit him with the lie that he "said he invented the internet
." He actually said he created a bill to fund it, which he did. That's true. Yet the people who wanted to see someone else win the election lied, distorted the truth purposefully to win. At the expense of their own integrity. Shame on them.
And then he says "to hell with it," and tries to raise awareness of a REAL problem and quits politics. And these conniving opportunists just can't believe there's not an ulterior motive, because that's what they have. It's just a mind blower that someone can give a damn. Maybe to them it is.
As far as global warming goes: most animals
are smart enough to limit their population by not removing all of their natural selection processes;
not artificially increasing their food
supply by destroying things that compete with their food
source for space;
and not joining all of their brothers and sisters in shitting where they eat,sleep, and breathe.
Unfortunately, our species is "clever" enough to outwit nature.When this occurs, eventually, there's a built in lesson: if we pollute our nest long enough, we die. And the planet balances itself once again.
It was our western religions that first offered the absurd (obscene) concept
that the earth was for us to hold dominion over, and so we've exercised that dominion by turning it into a toilet we swim in together, and then complain about because it's dirty. And hot. (Incidentally: "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn is an excellent book on this subject.)
So we debate whether the sky is blue, while we try to deny global warming. Our labels of "orange" don't make the sky any less blue. We can all pretend the emperor wears clothes if we like. It doesn't make it less absurd.
Do you ever notice how passionate the people are that try to decry global warming? Like the Rush Limbaughs, and some here even? It's almost like they felt personally threatened, like someone was offering them ONLY the criticism that we ALL need to share. These people don't need to get hysterical. It's not a personal attack. It's about logic, and survival. Don't get so scared, people. We can do this. Together.
I think there's two attitudes/people at work: Those that invest their beliefs with emotion AFTER they come to logical conclusions, and those that base their beliefs on their guts, and then try to scramble to justify their positions when they are shown to be dubious. They believe first, then try to summon facts to support where they're at. The people that are so invested in WHAT IS, that they are terrified that anyone should question WHAT IS, and offer that maybe, collectively, WE need to do something differently.
Yeah, scary concept
, I know. Growth is painful stuff. But it's time we did some of it. ALL OF US. Me too, and Al Gore with his jetsetting. I think Al would agree with that. I think that's his whole point.