Since I’m not an ironclad expert on … well, much of anything … what I think I bring to any discussion table is the interest in critical thought. And, as I’ve mentioned in past posts here at sustainablog, even that contribution – or the interest in making it – has wavered in recent months.
Then I had a bit of an epiphany – or maybe just a piece of an epiphany with the rest to flesh out as I continue to regain equilibrium in analyzing these lofty world issues, such as related to the environment, politics, culture wars and what the hell happened to Chase Daniel’s run at the Heisman Trophy.
What I realized was this: I’m not wrong.
As it pertains to the environment, I’m not wrong for buying into the “hoax” – or hoax, depending on viewpoint – of global warming.
I’m not foolproof right about it either. Just as I can’t be sure God doesn’t exist – or that he does – neither can I prove beyond all shadows of all doubts that humans are killing Earth.
And apparently neither can a horde of scientists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and numerous other official bodies consisting of brains and professional specialties far beyond the realm of my knowledge.
Actually, that is the epiphany: No one authority can prove or disprove anything in this world to the extent that everyone will agree and then act – or not act – in the same way.
Debate will roil the waters until the end of humankind, be that end coming sooner or later, and be that caused by human-induced destruction or not.
Realizing my limitations and, maybe more important to me, the equally limited views of anyone who as vehemently opposes me as much as I do them – Sarah Palin, the Pope, Dick Cheney – has been a relief.
I’ve been hung-up, trying to figure out how to go about this green life knowing that no matter what I do someone despises me for it; no matter what I write for sustainablog, someone out there wants to shred me because of it; and knowing that no matter what information is presented to the world, there will only ever be disagreements about it.
So to each our own.
For me, whether conserving resources like oil, water and paper will save the planet or not, wasteful behavior doesn’t make sense. No sense.
I won’t waste resources just because some people think it doesn’t matter; and I don’t conserve printer paper because of any deluded idea that that act alone will save the world.
So I reduce, reuse, recycle. I can’t convince anyone who isn’t bothered by excessively excessive excesses that they should care enough to likewise reduce, reuse and recycle.
If they prefer to believe Newt Gingrich’s logic that the sun heats the earth (of course), not humans (what about cause and effect?), then what can I say?
If legions of scientists and many legions more of other highly educated and intelligent people believe green-minded actions are a good idea and they don’t get respect for their proof – or “proof,” depending on perspective – then what can I write that makes a difference?
I’m not a scientist and won’t become one. I’m not any kind of expert with irrefutable evidence that will motivate people to leave status quo and grow with the evolving condition of Earth and its ever-mounting numbers of people and the people’s needs.
And it seems it wouldn’t matter if I was. Like I said, no scientist or anyone else will convince me to waste resources, and there’s clearly no science on the planet that has the clout to be definitive – or close enough – for anti-green movement people.
So to each our own.
Best of luck.
Photo: Adam Williams