“Good & Evil” debate fires up as Australia burns
A blisteringly hot and fiery Southern Hemisphere Australian summer has reignited the “Climate Change” debate around the world this week.
New York Times Opinion Pages reports ‘It’s so hot that the government weather agency added two new colors — deep purple and pink — to temperature charts to convey the new record highs being measured in the worst heat wave ever recorded down under.’
These record temperatures are aiding and abetting hundreds of fires that have killed stock, burnt crops, destroyed property and placed huge parts of Australia under threat. Thankfully no human lives have been lost so far.
Naturally this event has sparked up the raging “climate change” debate and the question of our human contribution to this latest extreme weather. The scientific question of how much the weather has changed and why it has changed gets swamped by the more sensitive question: Are humans responsible and guilty for “catastrophic” climate change or is “catastrophic” human insecurity fuelling an environmentalist “feel good” bonfire every time we experience an irregular weather event?
It’s hard to escape the conclusion that meaningful discussion and progress becomes lost when dialogue descends into a slinging match between the traditional left and right wing political protagonists.
So while these fires rage across Australia, the raging fire in our own souls, depicted in William Blake’s painting Cringing in terror, seems a far greater problem than the latest climate event fixation. In fact we can’t resolve the “climate change” argument until we remove our bias from the climate change analysis.
This bias impairs the discussion, the evaluation and the conclusions. Our own human hypocrisy, guilt and prejudice are preventing the truth about climate change and the human contribution to it from emerging. This human torment—the human condition—is the blaze on earth that really needs to be extinguished and that can only be achieved through first principle biological understanding. It is the unkind accusation from our conscience on the one hand and our imperfections and ugliness on the other that makes us uneasy, and that tears us apart, leaving us feeling unloved and unwanted.
Surely the simple questions of “Why did we fall from grace?” and “How can we be redeemed?” are the first questions that need to be answered before we digress into more symptomatic subjects like global climate change. For me the best and indeed only real and lasting answer on the subject is Jeremy Griffith’s explanation of the human condition.
Let’s leave the burning green, deep purple and hot pink discussions to the “hot heads” and check the real answer to it all on this website.