Malthusian Nonsense in the Extreme: "When Should You Die?"
First, take a gander at Blackadder's post highlighting a "green" calculator that determines the optimal age at which you should die in order to "save" the planet:
Then, read my friend Rick Lugari's spot-on comment:
I’ve noted previously the thin green line that separates parody from reality, but I have to say that the folks behind this website have taken unintentional self-parody to an all new level. The site, which appears to be associated with the Australian Broadcasting Company, asks kids to calculate their family’s level of greenhouse gas emissions. Based on these answers, the site calculates “when you should die” in order to not use “more than your fair share of Earth’s resources.” If you put in the “average” answers for all of the questions, you will be told you should die at age 9.
Heh. 5.8 years old. Of course, that makes perfect sense considering the disordered and hate filled agenda of the environmentalist movement. It's not about ordered stewardship of Creation, though some Catholics try to rationalize it as such. It's all about hatred of the family, the common man, and the natural law. The self-important wannabe elites think they know what's better for the common man than he does and are driven to shape the world in their own image. They follow every trend in absurdity and use scare tactics to push their agenda.And then, feel free to tell the environazis* pushing this nonsense to go **** themselves.
Take this exercise as an example. First, the premise shows where their priorities are and how they view life - "when should you die". Your existence and life as a person is of no consequence, but what is of consequence is the environmentalist's view of how things should be under their authority. The life of men is held in contempt, as a plague upon the god (Earth), except of course, themselves, those they care about and their partners in hatred.
Second, they have a horribly disordered view of the dignity of man and family. Notice how if you live with a family you should die earlier? Also, if you're poor, you should die earlier. If you are single, living in a flat in a big city, and have the luxury of a bunch of disposable income to blow on expensive organic food and invest in "green companies" (maybe something as stupid and corrupt as a company that sells carbon credits), you are fairly okay in their book and deserve to live long to lonely death.
For the purpose of my point I will give a little more personal info than I would normally care too, but I think the example is appropriate. I live in an old suburb of Detroit (it borders the city). I work less than three miles from home, my wife homeschools our children - and we have two special needs kids. I have a total eight people living in a 960 sq ft home. I have just one vehicle, a 13 year old full sized van (an absolute must with my family size) that gets 13 mpg.
I'm very conscientious about my energy consumption - not because if a kid leaves a light on in the bedroom I think the oceans will rise and sweep us away, but because I can't afford to be peeing money away to the power company and taxes. I don't and won't buy organic food. Is it better for us? Probably. Would it do anything to keep the oceans from sweeping us away? Very much doubt so. Would it be an act of good stewardship of the blessings I have received to buy organic? Absolutely not! Good stewardship dictates that I buy what we need as cheaply as possible. I buy store brand stuff on sale, make trips to budget stores like Aldi's every month or two to stock up on staples. To live and house my family it takes every penny I have, plus borrowing some; to buy organic and invest in Al Gore's shyster scheme is beyond my ability.
I have many personal faults, vices, and personal disappointments, but as I step back and try to look at my life (lifestyle?) objectively, I think I am living a life that is in accord with what we're called to do. And while the scare mongers and elitist tyrants may believe that people like myself and my family are a plague on the Earth and shouldn't live to see their sixth birthday - I know the Truth: Life is sacred, even theirs. That man has stewardship of Creation, but Creation is to serve man. Christ became Man Incarnate, not Rock Incarnate or Tree Incarnate. And that the family is both the foundation and ends of a just society - any scenario, worldview. or political ideology that doesn't reflect that in theory or reality is an error or simply positively evil.
*At this point, I don't think its too extreme (and I'm quite willing to run afoul of Godwin's Law to do so) to describe the folks pushing this "when you should die" nonsense to KIDS as "environazis".
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
"Climate Change" Asshattery
Using Food for Fuel ...
Population Control Movement is "Number One Violator of Human Rights," Author Claims
USAToday Columnist: Religion is Killing the Planet
The Pitter-Patter of Carbon Footprints ...
Cardinal Pell Criticizes Australian Medical Ass'n for Publishing Letter Advocating Carbon Tax on Children
Professor Solves Global Warming: Let’s Tax Reproduction
Global Alarming Update: Focus on So-Called "Carbon Footprint" Anti-Family
Malthusian Nonsense from "Global Warming" Alarmists
Manly Men Don't Go in for Global Warming Hysteria
Cardinal Pell on Global Warming Alarmists: "Scaremongers" and "Zealots"