Imagine what he would have to say in 2010? He gives words to something I have merely sensed and have grappled to define the last two years living and attending university in Portland.
His concise and perceptive observations of environmentalism almost seems prophetic.
In Portland you have people standing on every street corner selling penance for your sins of consumptions and excess. "Sustainability is salvation in the church of environmentalism. Just as organic food is it's communion."
In portland condemnation and guilt is heaped (directly or indirectly) on to the shoulders of those who don't buy the right products, eat the right foods, live in the right neighborhood, wear the right clothes, use the right bag, drive the right cars, shop at the right store, and talk the right way.
For many this religion gives purpose and meaning to their daily lives. It's a religious framework that gives satisfaction and a sense of superiority to the "true believers".
This is not to say there is not truth in environment concerns. Most certainly their are environmental concerns, even crises. I say none of this as a "get out of jail free card" for selfless and irresponsible consumption. But religious dogma will not do. I do call for the breaking of the chains of religion by seeing the current environmental movement for what it is, allowing us to better address the issues.
- Has anyone heard of environmentalism spoken of in these terms (His original BRILLIANT speech from 2003 can be read on his official site)?
- Does Michael Crichton have a successor in this regard (I'm not speaking of the billion bitter environmental reactionaries that a simple google search will reveal)?
- Is all of this a load of BS?
- Have you been burned by environmentalism as a religion?
- Do you find ways that you have submitted to this form of religious fundamentalism?
This couldn't be more timely with the release of Avatar. I might be doing a followup to this post, disseminating the content of Avatar as it relates. In the meantime, feel free to jump back to my last post on Avatar, as there is already a good discussion rolling about the themes of environmentalism there.