Worldview Division: a Sword that Cuts Both Ways
As I write this, my wife is a few miles away, hiking up Pikes Peak. I’m not with her because I’m paralyzed. I’m happy she can charge up mountain trails surrounded by green forests and clean air. I hope you can too, along with your children and your future generations.
Regardless whether you believe climatic change is real, or whether it’s caused by human pollution…regardless whether you support embryonic stem cell research or oppose it, or whether you’re a Liberal, a Conservative, a Christian, or how you vote, please consider the following as a bird’s-eye view of how our socio-political system exploits human psychology.
In the stem cells debates, religious Conservatives threatened the long-range financial goals of BIO, Pharma, and Big Medicine. To enlist public support, these industries promoted a monetary agenda under a banner of “miracle cures,” a strategy that rallied the political left and enticed Conservatives to break ranks and support their cause.
Regarding climatic change, Liberal environmentalists threaten the long-range financial goals of Big Oil, Coal, and fossil fuel related industries. To enlist public support, these industries promote a monetary agenda under a banner of “economic stability and growth,” a strategy that rallies the political right and entices Democrats to break ranks and support their cause.
Those who cast climate change as worldview issues claim Big Government should have no right to determine how industry meets the market demand for energy. The catastrophic consequences of climatic change, however, are not a matter of worldview debate…no more than two trains—one loaded with chlorine gas and the other with nuclear waste—heading for a high-speed collision in the heart of a major city. After all, who complains over FRA regulations that safeguard the public from railway smash-ups?
Whenever industries and politicians cast non-philosophical issues as bones of worldview contention, I know they’re pulling my strings (1). For thousands of years, that’s the way the game’s been played: control the masses by telling them what they want to hear or what they don’t. Regarding Earth’s climatic balance and the grim future that stares us in the face, we can no longer afford to think with our egos and emotions. We need to face the truth.
1. Political Bias Affects Brain Activity, NBC January 01, 2006
Twice a surrogate stem cells spokesperson for the GW Bush White House, J. Perry Kelly ended his association with the political right over its distortion of global warming for short-sighted political gain and economic profits.