Guest post by Matthew 7:1 –
I saw a young Republican boy say that he thought Ben Carson had the‘humility’ to be President. I thought ‘humility’ was a very interesting choice of nouns, considering that Ben thinks climate change is ‘irrelevant.’ I find that pretty dang incriminating and of obscene hubris really. After all, how can you say you care about people at all if the fact that most scientists believe the environment is in imminent peril is seen as something to be brushed aside?
There’s got to be a reason for this extreme case of obstinance, right?
Well as it turns out, I do have a theory about it. I know you’re surprised…
Ben spoke at Liberty University, where he received applause for saying he is being attacked for what he ‘represents.’ And I honestly believe that is code for, “I’m a poor persecuted Christian, like you.” Which is why he is gaining ground with conservative voters despite having voiced alarmingly irrational opinions. When you connect the word ‘humility’ with the mindset of having not a care about the environment, it becomes crystal clear that a great many conservative Christians do not give one single Benghazi about the issue of climate change. Not one, and we all know they still have plenty of Benghazis to go ’round.
But why? And why is that seen as having any humiliation whatsoever? I would venture it may have something to do with the fact that they have been indoctrinated since early childhood to believe that every action they ever do is cherished and watched in secret by people with giant wings flapping around behind their backs. I was raised to believe it myself. It’s a nice story, right? It’s comforting. Those angels will surely know better how to handle the big issues like a planet rendered uninhabitable by our lack of foresight, right? Thinking is not something mankind is even supposed to do all that much of really anyway. We are here under supervision from above. Having that idea makes it feel a lot more secure in such an out of control dangerous world. It is having ‘humility’ to leave the big things up to God. Thinking otherwise would be arrogant and too sciency. (And ironically seen as fantasy.)
We’ve all been around the mindset of conservatives long enough to know that where science and religion mix, science will be discarded where it is inconvenient to believe in it, (As Al Gore told us long ago..) or where it is seen as frivolous since everything is in the Lord’s hands anyway. Not that I don’t enjoy pictures of angels and think that’s a really nice idea. I do. I love looking at the pictures. I love the show, Supernatural. Castiel is my fave.
I just don’t absolve myself of all responsibility for being a steward of the earth based on fantasy.
So realizing this, and realizing that it is somehow seen as ‘humility’ to take the stance that climate change is ‘irrelevant,’ it becomes apparent that climate change should probably be the most important reason for all thinking people to take to the polls and vote. If we don’t, we allow people with the mindset that pyramids are granaries and who believe that winged beings are going to save the day no matter what we do anyway – to… stifle every single thing that rational people do to try and confront climate change at all.
No candidate for President is qualified if they think our planet’s climate is irrelevant, or that we shouldn’t take immediate steps to confront the issue. We all know that corporations are going to do everything in their power to prevent the shift to clean/ renewable energy sources. Greed and corruption are out to stop all progress, but also out to stop all progress is the idea that humankind is not responsible -that we are not stewards of a fragile and precious ecosystem that we play a part in. I do give Pope Francis credit for trying to change minds on the issue, but for foregone conservatives, it’s just not going to be enough.
So for these reasons, I say that all of the GOP is summarily disqualified. Their mindset is officially dangerous to life on earth, and where is the humility in that?
I’m guessing that pyramids and black Jesus were not topics of conversation at the prestigious Liberty University.
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