The View From 1776
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Recycling is fraudulent and economically wasteful, but it’s a feel-good object of pagan worship for liberal-progressive-socialists.
Pagan gods of the Old Testament were powerless against God, as Pharaoh discovered when he balked at God’s demand to liberate the Isrealites from slavery. Nonetheless, Middle Eastern peoples, and even the Israelites, kept turning to their idols of stone, wood, and precious metals.
Re-cycling is a modern-day liberal-progressive idol that is, like the idols of old, both ineffective and harmful. Neither of these characteristics, of course, deters liberal-progressives, whose avowed fidelity to science doesn’t go as far as examining and acting upon actual results in real life.
The only requirement for liberal-progressives is that a shibboleth sound good and make them feel good.
But, why recycling?
The answer lies in the 19th century conception of progress as man’s conquest of nature. Secularists of that era, today’s liberal-progressives, declared that God is dead, that man himself is the measure of all things. That opened the door to moral relativism and, by banishing the spiritual dimension of political societies, presumably brought within intellectuals’ grasp the power to right all perceived wrongs.
In the late 20th century the Gaia, Mother Earth Goddess, movement re-infused a pagan spirituality into secularists’ ideas of progress via control of nature. Since the 1970s school children have been inculcated with this paganism. They have been taught that recycling is an act of worship to Gaia, that it is their fulfilling duty to recycle “to save the earth.”
Al Gore’s greenhouse-gas, global-warming fixation is of the same ilk.
Earlier in Liberal Pagans I reproduced one of the estimable John Tierney’s columns for the New York Times, written in February, 2002, while he still covered only the New York City scene.
A couple of quotes from that column, titled “Rethinking the Rites of Recycling”:
Environmentalists may not like Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg