Hey Hugo, I wanted to share these two bits of news I recently came across because they seem along the lines of your battle against broad generalizations based on opinion and ignorance. So, the first is a movement that has come out of California from get this – Conservative Environmentalists – yeah, that is definitely counter to what we usually think (Drill Baby, Drill); but, let’s remain skeptical.
Anyway, the ad ran by Californians for Pollution Stabilization claims that immigration in general (not illegal immigration) is the #1 threat to America’s environmental problems. The logic it uses is as follows: Americans are by far the worst polluters in the world; so therefore by letting more immigrants that came from countries with way lower carbon emissions into the US, then those new Americans will now pollute at our higher standard of pollution as natural-born citizens. BTW – the website uses blatantly offensive language like “anchor babies” and “the Mexican Reconquista,” and the study the info in the commercial is based on comes from the Center for Immigration Studies, which was founded by John Tanton a person associated with the White Nationalist scene, and who has met with leaders in the White Supremest movement.
Moving on now to the second bit, I recently saw an interview with Don McLeroy on Colbert Report that took me aback. In case you don’t know who Don McLeroy is, he is a former member of the Texas State Board of Education, which establishes policy for the Texas public school system and an avid Creationist that is pushing for reform that would change textbooks all over Texas and the US abroad to take out Evolution and replace it with Creationist theory. Now, there are 2 amazing things that come to light in the interview: 1) He clearly has beef with atheists as “Godless people” (not their ideas) because they are infiltrating and ruining young people in the US; 2) His logic for his actions in so many words are based on the following – because he does not understand it, then it cant be true – SO, God is the answer to everything unknown. He goes on to make ignorant statements about how atheist believe something comes from nothing, and what really is NOTHING? – and other nonsense.
Had these two groups of people used scientific research to make their opinions. And had they then used critical thinking to even scrutinize that, they may have understood that their personal opinions where not based on anything objectively “tangible” and “real,” but rather out of their subjective bigotry and ignorance. Sadly, this is the fight progressive thinkers are up against, and I include myself in that group, despite my Non-dualist beliefs. While I do think these people have the right to believe whatever they want because it is all included in Oneness and could never be separate, it doesn’t mean I have to agree with it. They can play out their identity and story of themselves however they want. I will play mine out as a Non-dualist, pacifist, open-minded skeptic, who favors science and vegetarianism. But that doesn’t make me better, it just makes me different. However, that being said, as people in general, we need to use objective logic to move forward as a single human race. Would we have GPS if we doubted that the world was round because we couldn’t see that from the ground we stand on?
Well, chime in on these points when you get the chance, broham. TTYL – Peace…
Thanks for the heads up on this stuff, Gabe. I was familiar with Don McLeroy but not with this group of “Conservative Environmentalists.”
As you know, I’m convinced that religious doctrine in all of its forms is the primary factor behind these types of movements because they require of key analytical thinking skills like skepticism an scientific inquiry. And just yesterday, Scientific American released a series of experimental studies that seemed to suggest that actually utilizing these critical thinking skills appears to counteract and potentially reverse religious indoctrination and the very dangerous byproducts (racism, psuedo-science, etc.) that said indoctrination can produce.
This only helps fuel my desire to focus on the youth of this country (and the Earth in general) by producing media (books, films, video games, apps, etc.) that teach youngsters how to use these skills and how to appreciate what they can do for them on a personal and professional level when they grow up into adulthood. I consider it my duty to “pay it forward” and a tribute to great minds like Carl Sagan who did the same for me so many years ago.
And hopefully, if you, me, and the rest of the free-thinking community band together to support this type of educational movement, my two-year-old will grow up in a world where the tide has shifted away from superstition at a global level.