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  1. Seattle Sam

    It is just part of a human’s nature to need to believe in something that transcends yourself and gives meaning to your life. If not God, then Gaia.

    1. Methinks

      This is a sad truth. Humanity is so stupid that it must seek invisible magical creatures to give its existence meaning. Thank goodness for the critical few or we’d be in real trouble.

      1. Che is dead

        Or, magical parallel universes:

        “He closed by outlining “M-theory” … Hawking sees that theory as the only big idea that really explains what he has observed. M-theory posits that multiple universes are created out of nothing, Hawking explained, with many possible histories and many possible states of existence. In only a few of these states would life be possible, and in fewer still could something like humanity exist. Hawking mentioned that he felt fortunate to be living in this state of existence.” — NBC News

        Just don’t call it religion.

        1. Methinks

          Sorry, Che, I don’t understand what you’re getting at.

  2. Methinks

    “Greens now eat organic foods and many are moving towards eating only locally grown foods.”

    Particularly hilarious since organic farming requires more land and thus more deforestation (and STILL uses pesticides) and the locally grown foods can be both worse for the environment and the poor.

    “While people have worshipped many things, we may be the first to build shrines to garbage.”

    Outside of the topic of recycling (and no offense to the blog host, a minority in the academy), isn’t that what universities have become?

    1. While people have worshipped many things, we may be the first to build shrines to garbage.

      I’m not so sure. Those pre-Columbian mounds found throughout the Eastern US Look suspiciously like landfills to me.

    2. Hmmm, I don’t know what its like now but back in the sixties, seventies, and eighties much of the 3rd world was reduced to using organic farming methods…

      The job that really sucked was being the night soil carrier…

  3. Sprewell

    I’ve made a similar point a handful of times before, that for all the left’s claims of believing in science, they’ve recreated a prince and priesthood with their religious belief in big government. They would simply institute a blessed philosopher-prince, Obama- when he starts foreign wars or bombs people to death with drones, it’s okay, because he’s your pope- supported by his academic priesthood, Geithner, Summers, Romer, etc. The environmentalists are just a particularly annoying cult in this larger religion, say the Jehovah’s Witnesses of the big government religion. ;)

    As Sam and Methinks say, it probably comes from a deep human need to be part of a movement or entity much larger than oneself, which can provide some guidance for what you should do in your life. So many of the big govt faith claim to be irreligious, yet they have simply replaced the subject of their faith. I think it probably comes from the fact that almost all of us are raised by two god-like beings from birth, our parents, and it’s tough for many to leave that mindset when they become adults and leave their parents’ home, so they look for replacements. There are many religions that are glad to offer their priest, whether Dolan or Obama, to boss you around for the rest of your life.

    How else do you explain something like the recent Barney Frank incident, where he believes so strongly in big government that he feels compelled to raise the issue of tax cuts after the bombing at the Boston marathon?

    1. How else do you explain something like the recent Barney Frank incident, where he believes so strongly in big government that he feels compelled to raise the issue of tax cuts after the bombing at the Boston marathon?

      ““You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste.”

    2. “…deep human need to be part of a movement”

      I’ve had some rather Gross-looking movements lately. The doctor says I should cut back on the fiber.

      1. Methinks

        I’ve had some rather Gross-looking movements lately.

        And did you want to become part of them? No? This is why we’re friends. So many people see a shitfest and rush to join so they can be part of something stinkier than themselves.

        1. Larry Gross-looking comes to mind… :-D

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