CMP (Canadian Mind Products)’s purpose is to stand up for the rights of plants and animals. Animals also includes cetacea, humans, gay people, atheists, war victims and invertebrates. CMP attempts to inculcate planetary consciousness — concern for the planet as a whole. A subgoal is to teach people to use computers effectively, particularly with the Java computer language.
In theory, you would think the threat of hell would make people behave better. But in practice, it does not work. Americans, who are mostly Christian, have one of the highest murder rates on the planet. Norwegians have one of the lowest and they are atheists. Proportionately there are almost no atheists in American prisons. Nearly everyone there is a Christian.
What is going wrong?
Christians often argue that the universe would be horribly unfair if there were no hell. Therefore both hell and Yahweh must exist. What they are saying is because they would strongly prefer it if were a hell, the universe is constrained to provide one. That is just wishful thinking. It is the logic of a terrible twos toddler having a tantrum. It is like saying There must be pony waiting for me in the back yard because I demand it be so.
If you burn wood, you release CO₂. It is only once a replacement tree grows to maturity do you pay back the carbon debt.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
Capitalism is Incompatible With Survival
The industrialized nations have to start cutting their emissions by about 8 to 10 percent per year, which is incompatible with capitalism. You cannot reconcile that level of emission reduction with an economic system that needs continual growth.~ Naomi Klein (1970-05-08 age:47)
I heard Bob Rae, the former leader of the Ontario NDP (New Democratic Party) argue this point with Jeremy Rifkin on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Ideas program. Rae argued that Canadians believe it is unthinkable to attempt to deal with climate change except with the type of capitalism we currently have in Canada and the USA. He argued essentially that Canadians would sooner destroy the world than modify its rapacious economic system. This sounds like the kind of insanity you hear from religious fanatics. It was not clear if he was horrified by this or if he thought that way too.
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