Who and What is the Happy Warrior
This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.
(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)
Monday, September 28, 2009
New Gameshow: Identify the topic of this speech
Good morning. I want to thank the Secretary-General for organizing this summit, and all the leaders who are participating. That so many of us are here today is a recognition that the threat from __________________ is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing. Our generation's response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it - boldly, swiftly, and together - we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.
No nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of ____________________. ____________________ threaten every coastline. More powerful _______________ and ______________ threaten every continent. More frequent _________ and __________________ breed hunger and conflict in places where hunger and conflict already thrive. On ________________________, families are already being forced to flee their homes as _____________ refugees. The security and stability of each nation and all peoples - our prosperity, our health, our safety - are in jeopardy. And the time we have to reverse this ___________ is running out.
It would be fun to fill in each blank like the old Mad-Libs game we used to play in Jr. High School. Hopefully your mind filled in the blanks as you read... from that mental exercise, what theme formed? Knowing the political and social threats facing the world, what would you say was the topic of his speech?
If you filled in the blanks with words like "radical" or "Islamic terrorism" and "sleeper cells", "ethnic cruelty", "vicious civilian attacks", and the like, you would be wrong. Perhaps he was talking about weakened economies, corporate mismanagement, government corruption, greed, financial system meltdown, fiscal confidence or profound recession? Nope, not that either.
The messenger was none other than our current President. Presiden Obama seems to think that the threat deserving this type of alarmism and threatens our species with impending doom is, fanfare please,... climate change. Are you kidding me? Worst case scenario: man-made climate change is a problem such that in 50 years the oceans will rise about 5 feet (and that is a very generous concession considering the science). That is scenario A. Scenario B goes something like this: free democratic societies are overthrown due to totalitarian and radical theocracies who attain nuclear and population advantages in 15 years. I'm thinking I could care less about a 5 foot increase in ocean levels when I am living under the rule of a tyranical totalitarian regime! We had better figure out who and what the most pressing threats our to our way of life, our freedom and our children... and fast!
I once heard a prfound statement that has application here (although the alledged author is somewhat disputed): "When men stop believing in God they don't believe in nothing; they believe in anything." Beyond the issues of losing faith in God there is a equally troubling issue of misapplying our values and attention: God is replaced by __________, by any number of things we elevate to deity-like importance. We no longer have clear values and a sense of morality. The environment becomes our greatest enemy, not men with vicious and cruel intentions. The notion of moral relativism finished what failing faith began. There is something ironic in the claim that there is no such thing as objective evil when it comes to cultures and political systems BUT you are heritic of the worst order if you deny mankind's wanton degradation of the environment.
Am I the only one that is confused by this line of thinking?