One Man's Meat, Another Man's Poison
I don't agree with all the ideas presented here, but is this hate speech? And is Gary Cooper advocating a hate crime against the Earth? Is he a Climate Criminal? Generally speaking. Click more to listen.
One of the most fascinating aspects of this speech is that it forces a rediscovery of some of the unstated assumptions that govern our lives. A moderately well educated man would immediately think: well, whoever wrote this speech had never heard of "intergenerational borrowing" -- that claim which the future has upon us. Surely a man who "lives for himself" lives outside the stream of humanity. But then who exactly makes this claim on behalf of future humanity, except people who live in the present? So the even the question of "intergenerational borrowing" may not be as clear-cut as we think.
It may be put forward that we accept the restrictions of community in order to further our own self-interest. We give up something to the crowd because we expect something back from it. But if that is the case then we have an individual interest in the survival of our own communities: that to which we gave and from which we expect recompense. We have a vested interest in the survival of our culture.
But hold on, haven't we arrived at a justification for ethnocentrism? Isn't that a refutation of multiculturalism? Mark Steyn, with his eye for the absurd, sees what a tangle we have gotten into by upholding all the unstated assumptions that throng our lives uncritically until they lead to irreconcilable contradictions. Writing in The Corner, Mark Steyn quotes the Times of London on the dim view the Greens have taken of large families.
Having Large Families 'Is An Eco-Crime'. Having large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a 4x4 car and failing to reuse plastic bags, according to a report to be published tomorrow by a green think tank. ...
John Guillebaud, co-chairman of OPT and emeritus professor of family planning at University College London, said...: “The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of the planet would be to have one less child.”
That gives Steyn the opening to draw the immediate and irrefutable conclusion.
In those terms, surely the greatest thing everyone in Britain could do to help the future of the planet would be to reduce his carbon footprint to zero by killing himself. The United Kingdom's present fertility rate is not three children or even two but 1.6 or 1.7, and the British will be extinct long before the polar bear. And when the self-loathing westerners are gone how many Yemeni imams will want to man the late shift at the local Greenpeace office?
Which brings us back to the Gary Cooper speech in the movie The Fountainhead. What he's saying must be true to the extent that if we do not care for ourselves, we cannot pretend to care for our values, nor the larger community that preserves these values. If the value of an individual is zero, then the summation of a succession of zeros is zero. If you believe that it is nonzero then amazingly enough the true value of environmentalism -- real environmentalism -- is not to serve Gaia but to serve man. I'd better stop here. Too many heresies already.