September 22, 2009 Leave a comment
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near…You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
— John the Baptist
While some may roll their eyes at the apparently outdated verbiage and tone of these words, it’s safe to say that some of these same folk will raise nary an objection to the following question:
The whole sackcloth and ashes act over our “eco sin” is somewhat amusing to this blogger. The fruit produced from this repentance (i.e. carbon credits) is a flat out joke. What’s next self-flagellation with organic produce?
Yes, we ought to do our best to not squander resources and keep our streets and highways clear from debris. It drives me up the wall to see that people think their driveway needs watering, almost as much as smokers thoughtlessly flicking their namesakes out of their car windows.
No, I don’t think that the pavement-wetters and butt-flickers have committed some sort of “sin”. I do wonder if it has occurred to the more “eco-friendly” among us that from certain people’s perspective the most egregious “eco sin” we’ve all committed is well, being born. Have you an idea of how much of that noxious carbon dioxide one human being exhales in one lifetime?
Maybe the grossest “sin” hasn’t occurred to them because the act of repentance for that sin is not something that sane people are willing to really, really atone for.
Forgive me Gaia for I have sinned