Hi, Retro,SethRich wrote: ↑Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:26 amGreetings Kim,
Without wanting to answer on behalf of perkele, it may very well be the case that there are legitimate concerns that the so-called climate "chaos" being predicted is just fear-mongering designed to usher in a new era of global socialism - a trojan horse if you will. If you take the following sentence for example, most of this is just open borders globalism and (economic and cultural) Marxism in drag.
If a group of people are desperate to impose a "solution" on we the people, then we the people first need to be sold on the "problem". Yet, people are becoming increasingly suspicious about what they're shovelling... indeed, some might regard it as "nonsensical bullshit", especially as it deviates further from peer-reviewed science and strays into left-wing political propaganda....
As such, if someone wishes to be a climate advocate, they would be better advised to say things a climatologist would agree with, rather than spout authoritarian dogma that George Soros and Mao Tse Tung might rejoice in (e.g. Green New Deal).
I went through this with a highlighter tagging slurs in blue, logical fallacies in yellow and factual errors in orange but it was then so colourful (mostly blue, I have to say) that it was almost impossible to read, so let's move on: this is a Buddhist forum so I ask you to assess each of the actions which Franzen recommends according to their agreement with the dhamma.
Remember, this has nothing to do with politics (for now) and nothing to do with climate change. These are just things we could do. Are they good things to do, or bad things - kusala or akusala?
• Preparing for fires and floods and refugees ...
• maintain functioning democracies, functioning legal systems, functioning communities.
• Securing fair elections
• Combatting extreme wealth inequality
• Shutting down the hate machines on social media
• Instituting humane immigration policy,
• advocating for racial and gender equality,
• promoting respect for laws and their enforcement,
• supporting a free and independent press,
• ridding the country of assault weapons
Personally, I think they are all good ideas - so if you agree with any of them, I won't mind if you don't back up your agreement with scripture. But if you disagree, please do supply references supporting your view.