Smoking the earth: Cancer, Global Warming, and the Moral Truth

Imagine you’re the PR director of a major cigarette manufacturer. Imagine that your daughter, an ‘A-list’ Hollywood actress who provides valuable PR for your firm and industry, develops lung cancer from smoking.

Would you urge her to A) quit smoking, B) keep smoking,    C) quit smoking secretly but continue to promote the addiction to her adoring fans? Or would you deny that smoking causes cancer and continue to promote it after she dies?

In other words, would you lie to yourself and your daughter to appease your ego, your conscience, and keep your job, or would you love her enough to open your mind, admit the truth, and face the need to change.

The preceding analogy presents the moral reality of politicians and industries who prey on human nature to further entrench the fossil fuel status quo (1,2).

  1. Political bias affects brain activity MSNBC.com, Jan 24 2006
  2. Westen D, Blagov PS, Harenski K, Kilts C, Hamann S., Neural bases of motivated reasoning Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 11/06;18(11):1947-58.

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Twice a surrogate ‘stem cells’ spokesperson for the GW Bush White House, paraplegic J. Perry Kelly ended his biotech activism and cut his political ties in 2006 over the ruinous environmental position of his former social allies and the hypocrisy of worldview politics. Instead, he wrote “Quantum Fires,” a mass-market thriller that connects the prehistoric roots of eco-denial with Man’s unfolding ecological doom.

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~ by jperrykelly on October 14, 2010.

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