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Earth Day Worldview





1) Environmental Wacko View: According to
some, the deaths of 5.8 billion people are needed to keep Earth
from turning into a "fat, human biomass."


Candidate for the job: the Ebola virus - War, famine & AIDS
are too slow and too survivable, Ebola combines the speed and
lethality necessary to do the job. According to the radical
environ
mentalist worldview, human beings are a kind invasive
species
like the kudzu vine.



2) Fortunately for both people and the environment, there's
an alternative:

It's the Christian idea of man as a steward. And in this view,
man has a
unique status within creation, but that status carries
responsibilities.


Unlike an invasive species like kudzu or zebra mussels,
man is aware when
his actions needlessly harm another
species or a particular habitat. And
because he is created
in the image of God, he is motivated to protect the
environment
and to restore the damage he might have done.


This moral duty to seek the welfare of all creation is
a far superior basis
for environmental awareness than
the misanthropy of people like Pianka. Keep
this in mind
on this "Earth Day": Which worldview would you rather
live
under?

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Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

Earth Day


Last month, the Texas Academy of Science named ecology professor Eric Pianka
of the University of Texas its "Distinguished Texas Scientist" for 2006. The
selection would have been literally unremarkable but for some things Pianka
said.

In response to the award, Pianka delivered what he called his "doomsday
talk," a litany of humanity's offenses against the environment. He told the
audience that humanity has "grown fat, apathetic, and miserable," and
wrecked the environment in the process.

Now, this kind of anti-human screed is pretty common in environmental
circles. You will probably hear things like this said tomorrow during the
"Earth Day" observance.

What is not so common is Pianka's solution to the problem of environmental
degradation: a 90 percent reduction in human population.

According to Pianka, the deaths of 5.8 billion people are needed to keep
Earth from turning into a "fat, human biomass." As he told his audience,
"Every one of you who gets to survive has to bury nine."

And Pianka has a candidate for the job: the Ebola virus. Whereas, according
to Pianka, war, famine, and AIDS are too slow and too survivable, Ebola
combines the speed and lethality necessary to do the job.

What did his audience think of Pianka' remarks? According to one witness, he
received "loud, vigorous, and enthusiastic applause." They laughed when,
during the Q&A, he "joked" that "the bird flu's good, too" for achieving the
desired lethality.

While Pianka's audience might have loved what he had to say, outside the
meeting things were very different. A spokeswoman for Texas governor Rick
Perry called Pianka's remarks "abhorrent." That's to say the least.

Pianka insisted, of course, that his remarks had been "taken out of
context." His real goal was simply to "warn the public that population
growth must slow down."

Okay. Even if Pianka was "merely" engaging in obscene hyperbole, we are
still left with the underlying premise that makes such statements possible.
According to the radical environmentalist worldview, human beings are a kind
invasive species like the kudzu vine. Only, in this case, the habitat being
wrecked is the entire planet. For Pianka and his sympathizers, longer lives
and higher standards of living for people are bad news for the planet.

This misanthropic view is not unique to Pianka. While few environmentalists
would go this far, many agree that fewer and poorer people is important to
the survival of the planet. The planet must be protected and, if at all
possible, restored to its pristine state. So you blow up loggers, rather
than cut down trees.

Fortunately for both people and the environment, there's an alternative:
It's the Christian idea of man as a steward. And in this view, man has a
unique status within creation, but that status carries responsibilities.

Unlike an invasive species like kudzu or zebra mussels, man is aware when
his actions needlessly harm another species or a particular habitat. And
because he is created in the image of God, he is motivated to protect the
environment and to restore the damage he might have done.

This moral duty to seek the welfare of all creation is a far superior basis
for environmental awareness than the misanthropy of people like Pianka.
Keep this in mind on this "Earth Day": Which worldview would you rather
live under?

Chuck Colson

12:25 AM  

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