This post, a short one, is an attempt to make a particular argument clear to people who disagree with me (all my previous efforts have failed miserably – I have never been able to make myself understood). To show goodwill I intend to play nicely. I will soft-pedal the sarcasm and not refer to them as “Greenshirts”.
The contradiction at the heart of Green ideology is a false distinction between things that humans do and things that other animals (or microbes, or chemical reactions or sunspots) do. They select one creature out of all those who have ever existed and pass moral judgements about its behaviour. My argument is that, by doing so, they are guilty of the same foolishness of which they accuse others – regarding humans as a special case.
Humans wiped out the dodo. An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. Both events were the inevitable result of inevitable processes. To say that one was “natural” and the other was not is to adopt an untenable philosophical position: that humans have free will and stand outside the rest of the universe. The best articulation of their fundamental argument is:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
In other words, the argument that most enrages them is implicit in their own position.
It follows that every public manifestation of a political party with “Green” in its name must inspire contempt in the intelligent observer. Oooops!