Thursday, December 9, 2010

Self- belief or self-delusion:

Self- belief or self-delusion:

[you may want to read this article before you read this blog: Are the climate change deniers with no evidence just naturally gullible?]

I have always been one of those annoying outliers who could never accept the established truth. (To be honest, I think I enjoy being the anti-establishment just so I got to entertain my odd sense of humor.) I’ve questioned authorities everywhere I felt that challenge to the establishment could bring progress and innovation. I hold myself to a standard to advance the society a bit further from the call of the beast. At the same time, I seek to learn from the spectrum of cultural and social dialogues to better my own understanding of the role I must play in this short and precious life.

Being an outlier has its advantages of being distinctively connected to the undercurrents of our societies. I grew found of the Tea Party movement, the Libertarians, the Communitarians, and the whole salute of alternative political views. But I understand that to be an effective outlier, to advance a culture in the direction of positive progress, I must also accept the norm and take some sides on issues that are volatile and polarizing. It is a good thing to have a core belief system, so that when faced with disinformation I am able to recognize the cleverly disguised political agendas and the motivating incentives behind the curtain.

But acquiring that core belief system is a difficult process, one that is enduring perhaps throughout one’s lifetime. Each one of our core systems of belief is shaped by our education, our capacity to accept some ideas as a priori. Take for example: we are all bound to believe that 1 + 1 = 2. This is a simple mathematical truth, that without it, our very social structure would fall apart. If when you wake tomorrow, the consensus is that 1 + 1 actually does not equal to 2, just imagine the chaos at your local grocery stores. (Trust me, there is an fractional algebraic proof that 1 + 1 actually equal to 1.99999. . . .) The point is not to prove there is no certainty in our lives, but just the opposite, that we take things for granted to form our core beliefs so that we can continue to look forward to living productive and meaningful lives. But the caution is that we must make educated guesses to take our leap of faith, to form our core belief systems. Our educated guess doesn’t have to be absolute and if you are looking for absolute truth, I urge you to look at Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem - that language in itself does not and cannot validate truth in of itself. This is echoed by the Archimedes’ point – that to verify a 2 dimensional (or three dimensional if you prefer) truth, you would need to be lifted to the higher dimension to observe the whole context of reference (also note the observer’s principle here in the Uncertainty Theory).

Now that we have our philosophical exercise out of the way, I want you to turn to the focus of today’s rant: global warming and anthropogenic green house gas emissions.

I’ve notices a lot of disinformation lately. What prompted me to write this piece of rant is a facebook post I saw:

‎"In most communities, neither victims, nor the proponents of sustainable development are aware that their plight is part of a global agenda. Indeed, most would scoff at the idea. Nevertheless, the transformation of America is well underway, without public debate or Congressional approval. From watershed, to ecosystem, to village, to city, to multi-county regions, to trans-boundary biospheres- the U.N. agenda is being systematically implemented- with the help of elected officials, paid for with the taxes of American citizens."

-Henry Lamb, “Why the Government is Grabbing Our Land”

The phony Christian-conservatives have never warned you about the very plan that is the very means whereby planners are silently, insidiously, and deceptively dragging America into a global government, the seat of which is intended to be the United Nations. That plan is “Regional Governance.”

-Jakie Patru, “Regionalism: Sneaking America into Global Government”
Naturally I had a quick reaction to these posts:

the problem of environmental justice goes beyond the incremental climate changes that will cause significant problems down the road. I won't get into an argument about the science because both sides of the political spectrum have funneled billions of dollars into media campaigns to swing your opinion for the good of a few (rich and delighted who continuous to pollute, and the environmental nut jobs who will blow up the whole world to just prove the world is coming to an end...) sustainability practices falls somewhere in the middle, where business will find innovative ways of promoting a distinctive connection to mother earth and yet succeed in bringing the human race above and beyond the call of the beast...

all that aside, what is inescapable is the environmental and human injustice suffered at the opinion of these so called small government fundamentalist (aka fake anarchists) who thinks any cooperation with a global forum is a bad deal. let's not forget that the top 1% of the population control about 90% of the global wealth, and the top developed countries contribute the majority of the pollutants emitted. where is the environmental justice and human rights protection? tossed aside for ideals and individualism. these super rich and super powerful countries have a hidden agenda to promote in convincing you that global politics is bad, because once you realize a power of collective action, their model of profit and power is doomed...

i recommend that thinking before acting or believing is the first step... but beyond that, individualism should adhere to a principle of cooperative justice to eliminate the injustice we face as a collective human race. the survival of the specie is paramount to the survival of the individual...

- anarchist

But then I got to thinking: where were these types of disinformation when the G7 exclusively controlled the global financial system? Why weren’t we fighting the global government on curtailing the super rich from being increasingly powerful?

So you now have a choice: to affirm your self-belief that global warming is a real consequence of our past transgressions against our distinctive connection with mother earth; or to self-delude and believe that this whole global warming talk is just another way for the super rich to control you even further and squeeze more from your empty pockets. Either way, I think you have some choices to make against the establishment. But before you go on questioning everything, just remember 1 + 1 = 2 . . .

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