Everyday we are assaulted with another proclamation from global-warming scare-mongers and the high priests of trendy environmentalism about what we all must do or cannot do in our daily lives if we are to “save the planet."
Laurie David, wife of comedian Larry David, has added her remarkable insight to an already exhaustive list of celebrity mandates: we must end the use of light bulbs. A liberal legislator in the California Assembly wishes to enact a law to that effect. No doubt, the liberals are ready to add Thomas Edison to their long list of dead white American Males who for the sake of “greed” have contributed to mankind’s destruction.
The hypocrisy of Hollywood types — traveling constantly in private limousines and jets and residing in mansions whose square-footage and energy consumption dwarf those of the Americans they are so busy chiding — is by now quite obvious.
Another doomsday prophet from the entertainment world recently warned us not to use more than one square of toilet tissue per sitting. This is supposed to conserve our national forests. Of course, this same set of people so concerned about toilet tissue are the very set who demand the right under any circumstance to abort whenever they choose what they call “merely tissue” but what you and I call the human embryo.
Our first response to such meddling in our personal lives should be that of telling these people to mind their own business. But their value system of narcissism is both obnoxious and dangerous, and increasingly pervasive among the pampered who decide the value of something based exclusively on that which makes them feel good about themselves. This system gives preference to their needs over any moral obstacle. It is a selfishness that uses one of modern mankind’s most misleading clichés — "the right of a woman to control her body" — to deny the reality that once that baby has a beating heart of its own, can feel pain, and can, if necessary, live outside the womb, it is really a guest inside a woman’s body but no longer merely her very own body.
In the pursuit of its own conveniences, the fetish of narcissism defies historic moral codes, even including the definition of marriage itself. It is paganism. Not believing in an actual Creator who actually created this world, it feels free to grant primacy to trees over the scripturally enunciated hierarchy of humankind over everything else. Apparently, for supporters of partial-birth abortion, which so many of these Toilet Tissue Environmentalists are, the soon-to-be-born fetus should not be part of our environmental world-view.
Paganism is defined not so much as a system that is immoral but one that is amoral. It is an inability and unwillingness to distinguish between that which is right and that which is wrong. In other words, to place everything and every form of conduct on equal footing. And does that not, in fact, most aptly describe today’s liberal outlook? Isn’t today’s liberalism simply a neo-paganism, rewashed for modern sensibilities?
Many in today’s environmental Left care mostly about making pronouncements to aggrandize themselves, using social and political causes as a means to display the "superiority" they believe they have over the rest of us they are admonishing. They seem indifferent to the difficulties their edicts impose on regular people so long as they feel good when propounding them. I feel good about myself therefore I am. It is an indifference rooted in selfishness.
Many spokesmen for today’s environmental movement have taken on a religious-like zealousness that is far more fanatical than anything I’ve seen in normative Judaism or Christianity. They are tunnel-visioned to the point where they cannot see any other competitive imperative beyond their own doctrine and lack any sense of balance and nuance.
In fact, two salient news items illustrate how fanatical environmentalists have themselves become mirror images of certain discredited religious figures liberals love to excoriate. We have heard about the 24,000 square foot house of John Edwards, the over-sized mansion of Al Gore, the houses and private planes of John Kerry, the Brentwood and Malibu estates of, for example, Barbra Streisand and Martin Sheen: all of whom screech global warming alarmism. Are they not practicing "Do as I say, not as I do"? How are they any different from the televangelist clerics who were caught doing things inconsistent with what they were preaching to their audiences?
So as to continue their extravagant use of energy for their own comforts and desires, many of these wealthy spokespeople have suddenly become part of a “carbon- trading” program — and now, they justify and exploit their energy overuse through buying and trading in the carbon market. If you have the financial wherewithal, evidently, you can ignore global warming and “dis” the very doctrine you impose on others — and emit all you want. These multi-millionnaire politicians and Hollywood types in the cozy, enviro/global warming fraternity have tailor-made a new theology: “Green for Those with the Green”. Today’s liberalism is no more than elitism coupled with neo-paganism.