"I will destroy man whom I have created from
the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them" - God
I suppose by now one must accept that global warming is a reality. What I
can't tell is whether it really is all our fault, and just how bad the
effects are going to be.
What I do know is that in the mists of pre-history something seems to
have precipitated a rise in sea levels, and that this found its way into
the bible as The Flood. And it was, of course, all OUR FAULT - God sent
this curse as a punishment for mankind's wicked ways.
Later on the plagues that visited Egypt can, in the light of modern
science, be interpreted as natural phenomena but according to the bible
they were, again, OUR FAULT - they were sent by God, this time to punish
the Egyptians' intransigence towards the Israelites.
In our modern world one of the less appealing trends has been the birth
of the litigious society, where once again, everything has to be someone's
FAULT. Nobody carelessly slips over any more, nobody trips up, nobody
stupidly takes a drink from a hot cup and burns their mouth, nobody
wanders onto the rocks at Lands End and foolishly gets swept away by a
giant wave - it's all SOMEONE'S FAULT.
So it's not too surprising, is it, that when we observe a change in the
world's climate - and science shows us that these have always taken place,
sometimes slowly and sometimes with devastating swiftness - our automatic
reaction is to assume that it's OUR FAULT.
Maybe it is. Maybe it isn't. I wonder if a thousand years hence
historians will look back at the beginning of the twenty-first century and
see a world gripped by medieval quasi-religious guilt?
A couple of more-or-less relevant links:
Watch. Common sense about environmental issues? Now there's a first.
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