Climate Contrarian: Abandon Hope??

22 02 2009

ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2009) —

. . .For decades, say Vucetich and Nelson, we have been hammered by the ceaseless thunder of messages predicting imminent environmental cataclysm: global climate change, air and water pollution, destruction of wildlife habitat, holes in the ozone. The response of environmentalists—from Al Gore to Jane Goodall—to this persistent message of hopelessness has focused on the need to remain hopeful.

But hope may actually be counter-productive, Vucetich and Nelson suggest.

Is this yet another place where science and belief conflict then, evidence against irrational hope that our good works will bring rewards in heaven, rather than quite pragmatically doing the right things for the right reasons NOW?

(As a young Methodist once upon a time, I remember deciding that heaven and hell described the state of mind each of us lived out in real time on earth, created by who I became, how I lived and why.)

We can read heaven and hell into everything from the daily news to married life; in both journalism and marriage counseling, for example, what counts is what’s done, not just the words — of position, prescription, praise or promise — but their meaning manifest in reality, what’s behind the words, the circumstance and change described and delivered.

Show, don’t tell.

Whether in preaching or politics, inspiration literally means a new spirit goes “in” and becomes part of who you are, that you are affected and the totality that is “you” changes somehow that makes an outer difference for others. I suppose all presidents inspire the people and thereby change the nation’s reality but some presidents including the present one — hey, does the word president share a root with present? — inspire us to healthier change than others!

Bill Gates transforms his unimaginable wealth into hope for women and children living in hellish circumstance here on earth. And see Teresa Heinz Kerry and what she’s doing not just for the earth or climate directly, but to educate and equip women and children struggling to live on it.

Btw, My question to her for Snook had the hope and fear of heaven and hell right in the first sentence!

“It’s been said that all politics is based on either hope or fear.
What are some really hopeful environmental messages you’d like to emphasize for families living and learning with children, and what are some ideas other than public school lessons and tests, for helping our own children receive such messages, and take them to heart?”

Anyway, the point is such hope and inspiration is right here, right now, offering much more than words of hope for some heavenly reward after a hellish life. . .

Hmmm, so what does this science say about Bill Clinton’s advice to President Obama about talking hope for the economy — that trying to inspire us to make hard changes with hope for some heavenly future, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

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18 09 2010
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[…] in preaching or politics, inspiration literally means a new spirit goes “in” and becomes part of who you are, that you are…. I suppose all presidents inspire the people and thereby change the nation’s reality but some […]

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