"They Chose Carbon" is meant to be received as a metaphor referencing the values of the status quo. Human civilization stands at the edge of the abyss created by natural consequences, human choice and cosmic fate. Karma blossoms are soon to bloom, Having sown to the wind, the harvest is a whirlwind.
These are lessons I was taught about being responsible for my behavior. It is a principle embraced by many spiritual perspectives from Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism as well as the traditions of Christianity and the Jewish religion. I have added links to sacred texts from the different spiritual traditions the human race has developed throughout its endeavor to figure things out. They make insightful reading and I remark frequently to myself how they resonate with the things Jesus taught.
Do humans bear any responsibility for the choices made with regard to caring for the environment? In particular the issue of carbon which is a topic of public conversation at the present as represented by this New York Times article by Justin Gillis titled "Heat Trapping Gas Passes Milestone Raising Fears" published May 10, 2013.
The independent news program Democracy Now has been on the scene reporting on the United Nations Climate Change Summit again this year. Click to find out the information Amy Goodman and crew are discovering and revealing to the rest of us.
I suppose the answer one arrives at will be different for people who hold different views of the nature of humanity and therefore themselves. I did a search to find out how the Tea Party felt about this climate change issue and found an article by Suzanne Goldenberg in The Guardian of October 24, 2010.
Is there a moral responsibility that goes along with existence with regard to maintaining the viability of the earth? Put it another way and ask, "Is it immoral to make the world uninhabitable for others?" In the end does it matter what we do?
Why is this inquiry necessary? Many voices have set about to convince you of one point of view or another. Confusion is the result of many voices. Being confident of any information from a politician or special interest group is like believing your priest, pastor or banker. They will tell you 'right' from their point of view. But are they credible? Do their rules correspond to the reality that is your experience?
I would suggest the use of common sense. Common sense is an attribute we all have when our minds are not awash in a maelstrom of information from meme makers and propaganda bullshit artists in positions of supposed authority in government and media. Remove yourself from the babel.
Once you are centered in yourself you can discern what's on the end of that long newspaper spoon William Burroughs informed us of. That galvanizing moment when you realize what it means and who it is that is feeding you full of fears and creating a world no one wants to live in.
Okay I made the video below. You can decide if I should have taken the time.
Article video and art by David H. Roche (C) 2013
a Clear Running Water state of mind