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DIVINE ENVIRONMENTALISM

Posted on: February 15, 2021

Download "Laudato Si" | Pope Francis' Encyclical on Environment and Climate  Change

Laudato Si‘ is an integration of religion and environmentalism that is then further extended and integrated with climate change and the need for climate action. It is critical of national governments that are weak on climate action. It calls on Catholics to divest from fossil fuel companies. The encyclical accepts the scientific consensus that climate change is man-made and that without man made climate action there will be profound environmental, social, political and economic consequences. 

RELATED POST ON THE LAUDATO SI: https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/10/21/climate-change-and-religion/

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AND GOD SAID, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE, AFTER OUR LIKENESS AND LET HIM HAVE DOMINION OVER THE FISH OF THE SEA, AND THE FOWL OF THE AIR, AND OVER THE CATTLE AND OVER ALL THE EARTH, AND EVERY CREEPING THING THAT CREEPETH UPON THE EARTH.

GENESIS SAYS THAT WE HAVE DOMINION OVER NATURE SO THAT WE ARE NOT REALLY PART OF NATURE BUT ITS MANAGERS AND CARETAKERS. THIS MENTALITY IS THE SOURCE AND THE ROOT CAUSE OF BAMBI ENVIRONMENTALISM AND THE FOUNDATION OF THINGS LIKE HUMAN CAUSED CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMAN CAUSED CLIMATE MODERATION SO THAT THE HUMANS CAN SAVE THE PLANET. THE REALITY IS THAT WE ARE JUST ANOTHER SPECIES OF MAMMALS. WE ARE A PART OF NATURE AND NOT ITS CARETAKER.

SINCE WE HAVE DOMINION WE SHOULD KNOW HOW NATURE WORKS.

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SO HERE IS THE LAUDATO SI WISDOM ON HOW NATURE WORKS.

  1. RIVERS DO NOT DRINK THEIR OWN WATER
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RIVERS NEITHER EAT NOR DRINK BECAUSE RIVERS ARE NOT LIFE FORMS BUT GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURES

2. TREES DO NOT EAT THEIR OWN FRUIT

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TREES CAN’T MOVE SO THEY USE FRUIT TO ENTICE MOBILE CREATURES TO EAT THE FRUIT AND DISPOSE OF THE SEEDS AT A DISTANCE SO THE TREE CAN SPREAD ITSELF GEOGRAPHICALLY. THE TREE USES THE FRUIT TO SERVE ITS OWN NEEDS AND NOT AS A FORM OF SERVICE OR KINDNESS FOR ANIMALS.

3. THE SUN DOES NOT SHINE ON ITSELF

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THE SUN DOES NOT SHINE ON ITSELF IN THE SAME WAY THAT WE EXPERIENCE SUNSHINE BUT IT IS ITSELF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT RECIPIENT OF SOLAR ENERGY. THE SUN DOES NOT SHINE ON ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR. IT IS SIMPLY ONE OF BILLIONS OF STARS IN THE UNIVERSE THAT ARE NATURE’S NUCLEAR FUSION REACTORS WITH RADIATION IN ALL DIRECTIONS. SURFACE LIFE ON EARTH IS A CREATION OF THIS SOURCE OF ENERGY BUT THAT CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD AS A KIND OF A SUNSHINE SERVICE FOR THE EARTH. A PARALLEL SYSTEM OF LIFE ON EARTH INDPENDENT OF THE SUN IS FOUND IN THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN CREATED BY GEOTHERMAL HEAT IN A PROCESS LIKE PHOTOSYNTHESIS CALLED CHEMOSYNTHESIS.

4. FLOWERS DO NOT SPREAD THEIR FRAGRANCE FOR THEMSELVES

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PLANTS CAN’T MOVE SO THEY USE FRAGRANT FLOWERS TO ATTRACT INSECTS AND TRICK THEM INTO PROVIDING THE POLLINATION FUNCTION THAT PLANTS NEED TO REPRODUCE. “insects move pollen to the parts of the flower that need it. Some insects can carry pollen over long distances, which can help to spread genetic diversity in a plant population” (from sciencing.com). FLOWERS DON’T SPREAD THEIR FRAGRANCE TO BE NICE. THEY SPREAD FRAGRANCE TO SERVE THE PLANT THAT MADE THEM FOR THAT PURPOSE.

5. LIVING FOR OTHERS IS A RULE OF NATURE

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LIVING FOR OTHERS IS A RULE OF NATURE ONLY FOR BAMBI. IN REAL NATURE IT’S LIVING BY EATING OTHERS

6. WE ARE ALL BORN TO HELP EACH OTHER

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IF THIS IS A REFERENCE TO ALL OF NATURE INCLUDING NON-HUMAN SPECIES, THIS STATEMENT APPLIES ONLY TO BAMBI AND FRIENDS AND NOT TO THE REAL NATURE WE KNOW WHERE SOME CREATURES KILL AND EAT OTHER CREATURES TO SURVIVE.

WE ARE ALL BORN TO HELP EACH OTHER. NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT IT IS, LIFE IS GOOD WHEN YOU ARE HAPPY BUT MUCH BETTER WHEN OTHERS ARE HAPPY BECAUSE OF YOU.

SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION: THE RULES OF LIFE OUTLINED ABOVE AS IN BEING HAPPY AND HELPING EACH OTHER AND THE GREATER GOOD OF MAKING OTHERS HAPPY – MAY APPLY TO POST NEOLITHIC HUMANS BUT THEY DO NOT APPLY TO PALEOLITHIC HUMANS AND THEY CERTAINLY DO NOT APPLY TO ALL OF NATURE NOR TO INANIMATE THINGS LIKE THE SUN. DETALS BELOW.

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  1. IN THE PALEOLITHIC ERA, HUMANS WERE ANIMAL-LIKE HUNTER-GATHERERS THAT LIVED ISOLATED LIVES WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN CAVES AND HUNTED AND ATE OTHER ANIMALS INCLUDING OTHER HUMANS. THERE WAS NO HUMAN SOCIETY OR COMMUNITY EXCEPT FOR IMMEDIATE FAMILY WITHIN EACH CAVE.
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IN THE NEOLITHIC ERA, HUMANS CAME OUT OF THEIR CAVES, CUT DOWN TREES, CLEARED THE FOREST, BUILT HOMES, AND STARTED FARMING AND RAISING FARM ANIMALS. THESE CHANGES LED TO FORMATION OF COMMUNITIES THAT IN TURN LED TO COOPERATION, TRADING, LANGUAGE, SOCIAL INTERACTION, THE FORMATION OF SOCIETIES, AND THE BIRTH OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION.

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IN THIS SYSTEM, SOCIETIES WITH MORE MUTUAL CARING AND AND COOPERATION AND BETTER CHILD REARING HAD A HIGHER PROBABILITY OF SUCCESS IN TERMS OF SURVIVAL, PROSPERITY, AND GROWTH WHILE THOSE WITH LESS MUTUAL CARING AND HIGHER LEVELS OF CRIME, MURDER, AND CANNIBALISM DID NOT DO AS WELL.

AS A KIND OF NATURAL SELECTION, THE EVOLUTIONARY DYNAMICS OF HUMAN SOCIETY FAVORED “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR” SOCIETIES AND AS A RESULT OF THIS PROCESS OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS WHAT WE HAVE TODAY ARE MOSTLY CIVIL SOCIETIES WHERE THE RULES OF THE POPE HAVE BEEN CULTIVATED BY SOCIAL EVOLUTION.

HOWEVER, THESE RULES OF SOCIAL EVOLUTION HAVE NO RELEVANCE TO THE REST OF NATURE OUTSIDE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES.

THEREFORE, ENVIRONMENTALISM IS NOT A WAY FOR HUMANS TO TAKE CARE OF NATURE BUT A WAY FOR HUMANS TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES BY MAKING SURE THAT THEIR ENVIRONS (SURROUNDINGS) ARE CONSISTENT WITH HUMAN WELFARE.

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RELATED POST ON THE LAUDATO SI: https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/10/21/climate-change-and-religion/

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RELATED POST ON THE LAUDATO SI: https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/10/21/climate-change-and-religion/

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  • chaamjamal: Thank you for your input
  • Ruben Leon: When your mind is made up you ignore the data and try to justify the bias you acquired as a juvenile and never questioned. The fact that the Antar
  • chaamjamal: Thank you for raising these interesting points. We live in strange times. Some day we may figure this out.
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