Challenging the mythology of the “profoundly religious” climate alarm crusade

True Egalitarianism (musing on the ultimate “meaning thing”), Wendell Krossa

I am an egalitarian. Not in the strictly material sense as per Marxism and its vision of classless human society. Not in terms of any form of communalism (i.e. Robert Owen’s 19th century utopian socialist communes). Not in terms of equality of material outcomes, equality in terms of sharing material goods.

I am egalitarian in terms of our larger life purpose defined by humanity’s highest ideal- love. Any human being can attain ultimate heroic status, the supreme form of human achievement, the ultimate stage of human maturity, in terms of loving others. Love as our highest human ideal levels us all as human beings. Achievement in common love is the single greatest achievement that any person can make in life. It outdistances all else that we can achieve in life.

Further, love takes human life to the pinnacle of achievement, the epitome of maturity, when it reaches the embrace of unconditional “love of enemies”. Then we really “tower in stature as maturely human” (i.e. Joseph Campbell’s comment that we reach maturity when we orient our lives to universal love). When we love universally, unconditionally we then become the true heroes of our story, of our life quest.

We saw this highest of human achievements brilliantly illustrated in Nelson Mandela forgiving his oppressors and working to include them in the post-apartheid South Africa. We all know people, whether materially successful or not, who stand out among us as exceptional examples of common love.

To repeat this most fundamental form of egalitarianism- Every one of us can achieve the best of being human, the ultimate of human existence, life, and story, not materially, but in terms of what matters most in life- in achievement with regard to love, the one feature that most singularly defines us as human.

Love alone resonates across the cosmos after life. It lasts forever when the material ceases to be.

So I am an egalitarian in regard to this most important feature of human story. Every one of us- from poorest to richest- has equal opportunity to succeed at love, the single most important achievement in human life.

Another study shows that cold in China kills 45 times as many people as heat does

Peer-Reviewed Study Confirms Cold Temperatures Kill WAY More People Than Heat

And how Biden’s appeasement of climate extremists is responsible for soaring inflation…

Commentary: Joe Biden’s Progressive Energy Agenda Is Causing Soaring Prices

Quotes from above link:

“Unfortunately, the Biden Administration refuses to restart the energy independence it inherited. On its first week in office, it halted all new oil and gas leases on federal lands, which federal courts held was unlawful. Then, after sanctioning importation of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal to the United States, a White House delegation traveled to Venezuela to discuss “energy security,” according to former Press Secretary Jen Psaki. But the United States should never be dependent on murderous thugs or despotic regimes for its energy needs.

“President Biden remains beholden to leftwing climate activists, which is why he is vigorously opposing a return to successful energy policies. Many of these radicals, who are now influencing or directing energy policies, are actively hampering production from private companies through market manipulation or allocation based on investment firm imposed environmental, social or governance (ESG) factors. That’s why our office has launched an investigation of this potentially unlawful behavior.

“There are many imprudent extreme energy policies of the Biden Administration, and the list continues to grow as this crisis broils into a catastrophe. President Biden revoked a key permit to the Keystone Pipeline, ceased drilling for oil in Alaska, ballooned the “social cost of carbon,” and paused new oil and gas leases. With a legacy like this on such a vital component of a functioning nation, it’s no wonder why Americans are being financially devastated at the gas pumps….”

As with everything else (i.e. inflation) will Biden now blame Putin for his spill when getting off his bike the other day? The Dems have blamed Russia for pretty much everything over past years- i.e. the election of Trump (the greatest “conspiracy theory” ever), the Hunter Biden laptop (“Russian disinformation” according to many “intelligence” people), and more.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/will-biden-also-blame-putin-for-his-bicycle-spill

Pushback against ESG infiltration of the business world, a version of the Chinese “social credit” scoring program.

Milton Friedman noted back in 1970 that the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) movement was a kind of back-door subversive crusade of socialist/environmentalist extremism to reshape the business world, something these branches of ideology could not gain support for through the normal democratic process of societies. CSR is the same as the contemporary ESG movement- “Environmental and Social Corporate Governance”.

Friedman’s point was that businesses should exist to fulfill the founding purposes of their owners/shareholders/customers- to provide some service or product. They do not exist to fulfill broader public services, such as welfare or environmentalist projects, though they may also contribute to such outcomes simply as natural by-products of their main purpose (i.e. all businesses are obligated to follow general codes to not pollute their environments). Contributing to other social concerns should be based on general public support gained via democratic processes and legislation.

Contributing to other social concerns, aside from the main founding purpose of any given business, should be the personal projects of the members of the given business, but those people should use their personal funds to fulfill their personal choices to engage such projects, and not use the funds of the business (i.e. other’s money) to do so. Using the general funds of the business to push other social responsibilities is not democratic and undermines the freedom of others, that is to say- freedom in general.

Pushback against these non-democratic crusades to reshape business (CSR, ESG) started with Milton Friedman’s New York Times essay in 1970:

Over subsequent years others have exposed and taken up the task to counter this attempted socialist/Green takeover of the business realm.

https://financialpost.com/opinion/terence-corcoran-is-corporate-social-responsibility-killing-alberta-oil

https://financialpost.com/opinion/terence-corcoran-from-northern-gateway-to-keystone-the-undefinable-social-licence-movement-is-in-control-of-jobs-and-growth

Other links to commentary on ESG….

The green agenda’s role in global inflation

How the big banks fell to climate panic

Phil Gramm and Mike Solon: “The ‘Stakeholder Capitalism’ war on the Enlightenment” (Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2022)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/stakeholder-capitalism-enlightenment-blackrock-esg-index-fund-passive-invest-elizabeth-warren-bernie-sanders-retirement-11653313715

Rupert Darwall: “Capitalism, Socialism and ESG” (the ideology of ESG)

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/docs/2021/rupert_darwall_capitalism_socialism_and_esg_may_2021.pdf

Matthew Lau: Memo to Bank of Canada

https://financialpost.com/opinion/matthew-lau-memo-to-the-bank-of-canada-your-target-is-inflation-not-carbon

Best of late night comedy shows

This is another brilliant piece by Greg Gutfeld on social issues and the reason why his ratings swamp all other late night shows (his numbers are exaggerated in this bit for comedy effect but probably not far off in terms of actual ratings comparisons). Especially note the clip of Supreme Court Justice (liberal/Democrat) Sonia Sotomayor praising justice Clarence Thomas for his humanity and kindness. They disagree on many court rulings but respect one another as friends.

This mutual respect is becoming rare in a world where politicians and their mainstream media colleagues incite endless hatred for those they disagree with, smearing opponents endlessly with “racist… evil… white supremacist…end of democracy” slanders (both sides do such). Those of you on the Left side, try to get over your fear of Fox News just to listen to this brilliant bit of social commentary typical of Gutfeld…

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6308241811112#sp=show-clips

Joseph Campbell offered some good insights on human development, often focusing particularly on the development of young males.

One critical thing: The first step in beginning the process of development as a human being, said Campbell, is to take responsibility for your mistakes and failures. Own them and learn from them. And then correct those areas of failure to live as human.

Admitting failure is difficult for most people to engage. We all naturally become defensive, especially if our failures are pointed out by others in a less-than-loving manner (i.e. if accusatory).

There are ways that parents can encourage the acceptance of failure in the development of their children, as a less threatening process.
Here is an example of a non-threatening approach: “Parents who raise ‘confident, smart and empathic’ children do these 5 things when their kids misbehave” by Lynne Azarchi…

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/01/parents-who-raise-confident-smart-and-empathetic-children-do-things-when-their-kids-misbehave.html

And to the contrary, we have numerous public examples of people refusing to take this first step in human development- i.e. the admission/acceptance of failure- notably, public figures like Bill Cosby, now in his Eighties (and with a doctorate in education). Cosby refuses to even start the process of owning failure that most 4 and 5 year-olds (or younger children) have already begun to learn.

Another critical point in human development and maturing:

Campbell noted that we reach full human maturity (i.e. we “tower in stature as maturely human”) when we orient our lives to “universal love”. Then we become the authentic heroes of our story, of our life quest. Like a Mandela.

Campbell framed this ultimate stage of mature human development in terms of learning to inclusively love even enemies. He said that life would test us in this regard and we could maintain our humanity by remembering that even our enemies are still intimate family.

“When life produces what the intellect names evil, we may enter into righteous battle, contending ‘from loyalty of heart’: however, if the principle of love (Christ’s ‘Love your enemies’) is lost thereby, our humanity too will be lost. “Man” in the words of the American novelist Hawthorne, “must not disclaim his brotherhood even with the guiltiest”.”

Yes, we all serve as either inspirations or warnings to one another.

Watch as summer progresses across the Northern Hemisphere and every hot day or hot spell becomes further evidence for alarmism prophets to buttress their climate apocalypse narrative.

Here is some counter evidence from Skeptical Environmentalist author and professor of statistics, Bjorn Lomborg (meaning he knows data). Here are quotes from his book “False Alarm” where he notes that the far greater threat humanity faces is from cold, not from more heat. Further climate warming will benefit all life, and save many more people from cold deaths than might die from heat deaths.

“There is nothing good about heat waves- they are dangerous and kill people. But in fact, cold weather is far more dangerous and kills more of the population. This means that as the world gets warmer many people will actually benefit.

“Scientists who undertook the biggest ever study of heat and cold deaths, published in Lancet in 2015, examined seventy-four million total deaths from all causes in 384 locations in thirteen countries… The scientists found that heat caused almost 0.5 percent of all deaths, but more than 7 percent of all deaths were caused by cold. For every heat death, seventeen die from the cold…. Deaths caused by the cold get less attention partly because they are less sudden. Heat kills when body temperature gets too high, and this alters the fluid and electrolyte balance in weaker, often older people. Cold usually kills because the body restricts blood flow to the skin, increasing blood pressure and lowering our defenses against infections.

“Essentially, heat kills within a few days, whereas cold kills over weeks. In just the thirteen countries examined in the massive Lancet study, one hundred forty thousand people died from heat each year, and more than two million from the cold. We hear about heat waves that in a few days cause hundreds of deaths, but we do not hear about the thousands of slower cold deaths; this is because there are no TV cameras when mostly elderly, weak individuals expire over weeks or months in anonymous apartments.

“… One example- the United Kingdom. Each year, the UK experiences 33 cold deaths for every heat death. In one recent winter in England and Wales, the cold killed 43,000 people… Yet, this didn’t become a widely known story because these cold deaths didn’t fit the broader climate change narrative.

“It is similarly true for India. Recently, CNN capped a monthlong report on the frightening impact of heat in India with the headline “Dozens Dead in One of India’s Longest Heat Waves”. It was a powerful story told by media and climate campaigners around the world. But it was also rather curious because it focused on the smallest risk from temperature- related heat deaths. In fact, the scientific literature shows that while extreme heat kills 25,000 people each year in India, extreme cold kills twice as many. Indeed, the biggest killer is moderate cold, which kills an astounding 580,000 each year.

“CNN could have written plenty of stories telling us “Normal cold temperatures in India kill more than a half million people”, but it never did…

“The latest US data… shows that heat deaths are few and are in fact declining (because, in spite of the research assumption, people do buy air conditioning), whereas cold deaths are far larger, and are actually increasing.

“Why? It turns out that reducing death from heat is easier than reducing death from cold, in part because heat is a short-term phenomenon. You need an air conditioner just for a heat wave, and maybe you sit in the room where its working for the worst days, whereas the cold requires long-term structural responses such as insulating your home and workplace, and continuous heating throughout the winter months.

“If we assume there is no adaptation, it is true that rising temperatures mean heat deaths will increase. But surely, we should also recognize that higher temperatures mean fewer people will die from cold. And since cold deaths outweigh heat deaths almost everywhere, it turns out that even without adaptation, moderate temperature increases will likely mean that the people who didn’t die of cold will roughly outweigh the additional deaths from heat…. Since it is much easier to adapt to heat than to cold, it is likely that the big killer will remain cold.

“Two lessons… First, hearing only about deaths caused by heat means we end up believing things are much worse, leading to more fear. Second, it means we focus on the smaller problem of heat deaths that in many places is relatively easily solved by simple adaptation measures already being undertaken.

“Instead, we focus too little on the bigger and often stubborn problem of cold deaths… A 2015 analysis of heat and cold deaths in Madrid showed that not only are cold deaths outweighing heat deaths five to one but also heat deaths are declining especially in the older age groups, however, cold deaths are increasing for all groups.”

And so on… Excellent research from a respected climate expert.

Another good one from Lomborg:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-rich-worlds-climate-hypocrisy-energy-fossil-fuel-wind-solar-panel-india-poverty-power-battery-storage-11655654331?mc_cid=da0f6c4994&mc_eid=bbd9cad85f

Quotes from above Lomborg link:

“The developed world’s response to the global energy crisis has put its hypocritical attitude toward fossil fuels on display. Wealthy countries admonish developing ones to use renewable energy. Last month the Group of Seven went so far as to announce they would no longer fund fossil-fuel development abroad. Meanwhile, Europe and the U.S. are begging Arab nations to expand oil production. Germany is reopening coal power plants, and Spain and Italy are spending big on African gas production. So many European countries have asked Botswana to mine more coal that the nation will more than double its exports.

“The developed world became wealthy through the pervasive use of fossil fuels, which still overwhelmingly power most of its economies. Solar and wind power aren’t reliable, simply because there are nights, clouds and still days. Improving battery storage won’t help much: There are enough batteries in the world today only to power global average electricity consumption for 75 seconds. Even though the supply is being scaled up rapidly, by 2030 the world’s batteries would still cover less than 11 minutes. Every German winter, when solar output is at its minimum, there is near-zero wind energy available for at least five days—or more than 7,000 minutes.

“This is why solar panels and wind turbines can’t deliver most of the energy for industrializing poor countries. Factories can’t stop and start with the wind; steel and fertilizer production are dependent on coal and gas; and most solar and wind power simply can’t deliver the power necessary to run the water pumps, tractors, and machines that lift people out of poverty.

“That’s why fossil fuels still provide more than three-fourths of wealthy countries’ energy, while solar and wind deliver less than 3%. An average person in the developed world uses more fossil-fuel-generated energy every day than all the energy used by 23 poor Africans.

“Yet the world’s rich are trying to choke off funding for new fossil fuels in developing countries. An estimated 3.5 billion of the world’s poorest people have no reliable access to electricity. Rather than give them access to the tools that have helped rich nations develop, wealthy countries blithely instruct developing nations to skip coal, gas and oil, and go straight to a green nirvana of solar panels and wind turbines.

“This promised paradise is a sham built on wishful thinking and green marketing. Consider the experience of Dharnai, an Indian village that Greenpeace in 2014 tried to turn into the country’s first solar-powered community.

“Greenpeace received glowing global media attention when it declared that Dharnai would refuse “to give into the trap of the fossil fuel industry.” But the day the village’s solar electricity was turned on, the batteries were drained within hours. One boy remembers being unable to do his homework early in the morning because there wasn’t enough power for his family’s one lamp.

“Villagers were told not to use refrigerators or televisions because they would exhaust the system. They couldn’t use cookstoves and had to continue burning wood and dung, which creates air pollution as dangerous for a person’s health as smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, according to the World Health Organization. Across the developing world, millions die prematurely every year because of this indoor pollution.

“In August 2014, Greenpeace invited one of the Indian’s state’s top politicians, who soon after become its chief minister, to admire the organization’s handiwork. He was met by a crowd waving signs and chanting that they wanted “real electricity” to replace this “fake electricity.”…

“This is why, for all the rich world’s talk of climate activism, developed nations are still on track to continue to rely mostly on fossil fuels for decades. The International Energy Agency estimates that even if all current climate policies are delivered in full, renewables will only deliver one-third of U.S. and EU energy in 2050. The developing world isn’t blind to this hypocrisy. Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, articulated the situation elegantly: “No country in the world has been able to industrialize using renewable energy,” yet Africa is expected to do so “when everybody else in the world knows that we need gas-powered industries for business.”

And this on the media claim that climate change is worsening wildfires

New Data Absolutely Destroys Media Claims of ‘Climate Change is Causing More Wildfire’

This site promotes the evidence showing that there is no “climate crisis” and the mild warming of the past century or so (roughly 1 degree C) has been significantly beneficial to all life in our sub-optimally cold world- i.e. compared to paleo-climate history showing that for over 90% of the past 500 million years of life, the Earth has been entirely ice-free with evidence of the remains of tropical plants and animals found in the polar regions. Meaning that a much warmer world results in expanded habitats for all life, with the migration of the far more diverse flora and fauna of tropical regions into colder regions of Earth. Hence, why such hysteria over melting ice on our planet? An ice-free world, in paleo-climate context, is historically normal, natural, and optimal for all life.

(Insert note: Physicist Freeman Dyson and climate physicist Richard Lindzen, among others, have noted that global warming does not necessarily make warm areas of the world hotter but the increased heat is carried by ocean and atmospheric convection currents to the colder regions of the planet. Hence, increased warming beneficially impacts colder regions, colder seasons (i.e. winter), and colder times of day (i.e. night). All net good for life.)

Further degrees of warming will continue to be net beneficial to all life and more basic plant food (CO2) will continue to green our planet, as it has over the past century (15% more green vegetation across the Earth over just the past 40 years).

This site will also continue to tackle the basic mythical themes, the apocalyptic mythology, of alarmism movements (“profoundly religious crusades”). Climate change alarmism has incited the public’s survival impulse, rendering populations susceptible to irrational salvation schemes like decarbonization. Wendell Krossa

Polar bear expert Susan Crockford on evidence of polar bear subpopulation surviving well without sea ice, just as polar bears have survived previous ice-free interglacials…

Newly-discovered SE Greenland Polar Bear Subpopulation: Another Assumption Proven False

This from latest Net Zero Watch newsletter (June 16, 2022)…

“Rich nations hit brakes on climate aid to poor at UN talks
Associated Press, 16 June 2022

“BERLIN (AP) — Rich countries including the European Union and the United States have pushed back against efforts to put financial help for poor nations suffering the devastating effects of global warming firmly on the agenda for this year’s U.N. climate summit.”

My response:

“Suffering the devastating effects of global warming”. This mantra is proclaimed endlessly in news media and is quite entirely distorting of the true state of things. It is a reference to the scattered heat waves of our modern era and associated mortality (episodes that are related more naturally to weather, not climate). Note in this regard that the respected medical journal The Lancet states that far more people die every year from cold than die from warmth. And the mild warming of past decades has resulted in far more people saved from cold deaths than any increased mortality from heat deaths. Meaning, global warming has been net beneficial to humanity and more warming in our still abnormally cold world would be further beneficial to all life.

Again- There is no “climate crisis” (except for still too much cold in our world) and no need to tax carbon or decarbonize our societies.

Note: The worst heat waves in North America occurred in the 1930s, notably 1935-6. Contrary to media reporting, we are not experiencing “the worst heat waves on record” today.

The key issue in the climate debate is the role of CO2. The framing question of the debate- Is CO2 the main influence on climate change and is climate change becoming “an existential threat… a crisis… a catastrophe”? Evidence shows that the warming over the past decades, and century, has been mild and beneficial to all life.

Further, counter evidence shows that other natural factors overwhelm the CO2 influence, rendering CO2 a “bit player” in climate change. And further, the CO2 warming influence decreases logarithmically with rising levels and will not contribute to much more warming. Again, the increase in CO2 has been hugely beneficial in greening the planet (a 15 % increase in green vegetation across the Earth since 1980).

The apocalyptic scenarios of the climate alarm crusade are based on climate models that have been discredited for falsely predicting excessive warming that has not occurred.

Conclusion? Once again, there is no sound scientific reason to tax carbon or decarbonize our societies.

Defining themes of “profoundly religious” crusades: Wendell Krossa

(1) The loss of an imagined original paradise due to corrupt/sinful, fallen humanity (i.e. life degenerating over the long-term from a “better past”, and a “self-loathing” of humanity as essentially evil and at fault for the degradation of the world and life).

(2) Prophesies of looming apocalypse (decline of life toward a worsening world, toward some great collapse and ending of life).

(3) Required salvation scheme (contemporary version- decarbonization to “save the world”).

(4) Necessary violent purging of “evil”, a great cleansing of the world, a purifying (today- purge the “evil” of the “pollutant” CO2, and industrial civilization).

(5) The felt need for the heroic engagement of a “righteous battle against evil”.

(6) Stark tribal division of humanity- identifying one’s side as good, against the other side as evil.

(7) Promise of a restored paradise or new millennial utopia.

(8) Never admitting your apocalyptic vision is essentially mythical (even though given contemporary “secular/ideological/scientific” expression) and that it distorts entirely the true state of life (i.e. endlessly resetting the dates for the end of life, as the end never arrives because life is on an endlessly improving long-term trajectory).

This article from Die Welt, translated by Alex Bojanowski and posted in latest Net Zero Watch newsletter (June 16, 2022 Net Zero Samizdat):

(Note: I am not affirming Bengtsson’s comments that we need to engage the transition to renewables because good science contradicts the alarmist claim (1) that CO2 is mainly responsible for climate change and (2) that climate change will become “catastrophic” with further rising CO2 levels and further warming. In fact, the opposite is proving true- that further warming will continue to result in net beneficial outcomes for all life and more basic plant food will continue to green our planet, meaning even more food for animal life and increased crop production for humanity. Alarmist media ignore these beneficial outcomes for ongoing hysteria over their apocalyptic narrative re naturally changing climate.)

Lennart Bengtsson: “Knowledge is the best medication against climate fear”
Die Welt, 15 June 2022

Quotes:

“There is no climate crisis, (Bengtsson) says, a warming climate is beneficial in some parts of the world, and the consequences and impacts of global warming can be curtailed. Climate policies that are too ambitious could even be harmful.

“(Bengtsson) I don’t think the current warming should be called a crisis. Global food production, for example, is increasing. And despite a rapidly growing population and continuing warming far fewer people die as a result of extreme weather than in the past.

“The number of people dying from extreme weather events has decreased significantly due to more accurate forecasting and improved warning systems. I’m afraid the news media are often not in the picture on this subject, they often present too much of a simple picture. In fact, far more people die from the cold than from the heat.

“Most extreme weather events are not caused by high temperatures but are caused by temperature differences. This is why storms are more intense during the winter season. In fact, it is to be expected that certain weather extremes such as extratropical storms could become even weaker in a warmer climate.

“I find it difficult to accept that a warmer climate is higher latitudes should be negative. An ice-free Arctic Ocean will encourage and enable more fishing, simplify shipping and transport and create better living conditions, better opportunities for farming and more productive forestry in places like Canada, Scandinavia and Russia.

“I think the general public debate tends to regard all climate change as something negative, without pointing out that some climate changes are positive or even natural processes that have always existed. The warmer climate in Europe today is more favorable for society than the typical climate of the 19th century.

“But there are disagreements about how fast the warming is taking place and how damaging the warming could be. There isn’t a real consensus on whether or not extreme weather has gotten worse

“(Die Welt interviewer) What do you say to young people or your compatriot Greta Thunberg, who is in panic over this prospect?

“Bengtsson: My recommendation to the younger generations is that they engage intensively with the topic and learn more about the climate system. Knowledge is my opinion the best medication against climate fear.

Here is the Introduction to Lennart Bengtsson’s interview in Die Welt, by Alex Bojanowski:

“Lennart Bengtsson is one of the most renowned climate scientists – and he opposes catastrophism: There is no climate crisis, he says, a warming climate is beneficial in some parts of the world, and the consequences and impacts of global warming can be curtailed. Climate policies that are too ambitious could even be harmful.

“The climate scientist and Nobel Prize winner Klaus Hasselmann paid tribute to his Swedish colleague: “He is an experienced and highly respected meteorologist and climate expert,” writes Hasselmann in his dedication to Bengtsson’s new book. The Swede makes “a realistic yet optimistic assessment of the available options for change,” Hasselmann summarises.

“Bengtsson’s book “Vad händer med Klimatet” (“What’s happening to the climate?”) has just been published in Swedish. It offers matter-of-fact, basic knowledge about climate change.

“WELT spoke to Bengtsson about his perspective on global warming.”

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Challenging the mythology of the “profoundly religious” climate alarm crusade

“We (humanity) are more creators than destroyers”, Julian Simon

Section topics below:

The insanity of endless apocalyptic alarmism;

Father of modern environmentalism, James Lovelock’s late-in-life apology and rejection of climate alarmism;

The cost of opposing and restricting US fossil fuel resources;

Climate alarmism: A profoundly religious crusade based on unscientific/mythical assumptions;

Site splainin: Explaining my persistent focus on the single greatest breakthrough insight of humanity re unconditional reality (the cohering center of a new meta-narrative);

Project: Basic themes of a new meta-narrative;

ESG ideology dominating financial institutions and ruining economies;

Encourage empathy: The irresponsible panic-mongering over natural climate change is traumatizing and destroying the lives of children (loss of hope, nothing to live for, no future), so think about and try to feel what you are doing to children with exaggerated climate alarmism;

Origins of apocalypse myth (Notes on Pfeiffer’s “Explosion: Inquiry into the Origins of Art and Religion”);

Media obsession with affirming the climate apocalypse narrative;

The true state of climate;

Some of the 6,000 essential products based on crude oil derivatives, many essential to human well-being;

Great Replacement Theory;

My Jefferson/Tolstoy view of the New Testament (only for those not afraid of a blunt assessment of Christianity);

The liberating potency of love in alleviating fear;

Affirming love in human life (the great discovery of unconditional);

End the panic-mongering- free people from fear; and more…

Endless exaggerated alarmism distorts the true state of life on Earth. Alarmists frame even manageable problems with exaggerated extremist terms like “catastrophe, existential crisis, looming disaster” and this distorts our understanding of the real nature of those problems. Note this in regard to the mild warming that we have experienced over the past century- roughly 1 degree C warming in a still too cold world where 10 times more people die every year from cold than die from warmth. As for extreme weather events- heat waves, droughts, storms, floods- they have not become more frequent or severe and even the IPCC admits this. Yet this normal, natural climate change has been seized upon by apocalyptic prophets as portending the end of the world.

Alarmism has become a shrill note in the background of daily life, bleating mainly through news media, and dangerously inciting the survival impulse in populations. That aroused fear opens people to irrationality in response to life’s problems, making them susceptible to irrational salvation schemes like decarbonization. Alarmed people readily fall for scam saviors that promise to lead them out of purported danger and into a restored “lost original paradise” or some millennial utopia.

We counter the endlessly erupting alarmism of our current age by seeking good data sources on the main indicators of the world- i.e. soils, forests, land species, ocean species, the atmosphere, etc.- indicators that inform us about the true state of life. Julian Simon gave us the template on how to do this in his brilliant Ultimate Resource. Others followed- Greg Easterbrook in A Moment On Earth, Bjorn Lomborg in Skeptical Environmentalist, Indur Goklany in The Improving State of the World, Desrochers and Szurmak in Population Bombed, and varied others like the folks at Humanprogress.org. They provide good evidence that, while problems remain, we (humanity) have done well in tackling the problems and maintaining life on an improving trajectory toward a better future over the long term. As Julian Simon said, we have done well. Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “We (humanity) are more creators than destroyers”, Julian Simon

There are better ways of viewing life… the liberation from fear

Section topics: Patterns in alarmism movements; State of Climate 2021, “A systematic review of climate trends and observational data by an eminent climate scientist has found no evidence to support the claim of a climate crisis”; Notes on the panic over giving everyone freedom of speech; John McWhorter on Woke Racism (Third-wave anti-racism is not Martin Luther King’s anti-racism and is harmful to blacks); The problem with mythical and religious explanations of greater or ultimate Reality (a defense of the “spiritual” as critical to the human search for meaning); Doug Murray on War on the West, and more…

More on ‘The big picture perspective’ of this site, Wendell Krossa

Mythical and religious narrative themes have dominated human consciousness across history and shaped all other thinking in societies, even purportedly non-religious thinking. And this influence of mythical/religious thinking has continued unabated into the present world. Note, just for one example, Einstein’s repeated religious responses to Niels Bohr in their back-and-forth discussion of quantum mechanics (source: “Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the great debate about the nature of reality” by Manjit Kumar). None of us is as “secular, materialist, scientific” as we like to imagine we are. (Note particularly Einstein’s traditionally religious ideas as per his comments that “God does not play dice with the universe… God does not use telepathy…” etc.)

Mythical/religious thinking has profoundly shaped the ideology of Declinism, the most dominant worldview in the modern world- i.e. the belief that life is becoming worse, a notable theme in environmental alarmism, climate alarmism, Woke Progressivism in general, etc. (See Arthur Herman’s “The Idea of Decline in Western History”). Declinism is an essential element in the primitive mythology of apocalyptic.

This site offers some liberating responses to the inherited mythical/religious themes that have too long dominated human worldviews/narratives and consciousness. See “An adventure/quest for ultimate freedom” (“Humanity’s worst ideas, better alternatives”) in a section below.

The alternatives offered, from human insight across history, point to a radical reshaping of humanity’s dominant mythical/religious/secular narratives. The point of such fundamental alteration of narrative themes is the liberation of human consciousness and emotion at the most profound levels of perception, including the level of subconscious ‘archetypes’ (i.e. primal impulses and related validating ideas). Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on There are better ways of viewing life… the liberation from fear

Valuing the Western contribution to humanity

(Fourth in a series)

The Two Main Approaches to Organizing Human Societies across history- Collectivism versus the free individual Wendell Krossa

Intro

The comment below comes from a “fiercely Independent” viewpoint. Kinda like Goldilocks- not too far Left, not too far Right. Sort of Libertarianish, or better- Classic Liberalism. Floating like a butterfly, free to alight wherever, enjoy the nectar and then move on. A self that is free in an open process and not fixed too rigidly on any “object” (i.e. not finding cemented identity in some immutable ideology, religion, nationality, race/ethnicity, or other objects of human identity). Open and free like ‘The Mutable Self’ of Louis Zurcher.

Independent because while both sides have commendable features and concerns, neither side gets it all right (and this is not “bothsideism”). David Boaz, for example, said regarding the US situation that Republicans needed to embrace more freedom in the social realm and Democrats needed to embrace more freedom in the economic realm. Neither side held a monopoly on good. My ‘Free Floating’ stance also keeps me from the dogmatic tribalism that locks into loyalty to one side only and views the other side as an enemy to be conquered or cancelled.

Interesting note: While some claim that the US Democratic party has previously been more centrist, many on both the Conservative and Liberal sides of the US situation now note that US Democrats/Liberals are being pulled further toward Leftist collectivist ideologies (“Woke Progressivism”). US Republicans continue also to be pulled toward coercive state intervention on social issues (i.e. women’s rights, choices, and freedoms).

The foundations of modern freedom and equality trace back centuries to developing principles that advocated that all people in a society should be treated equally under law (i.e. Magna Carta and earlier documents/practises). Contemporary views on freedom and equality are grounded in beliefs that every person deserves the same rights and protections as all others.

These beliefs include a foundational plank in modern freedom- i.e. protected property rights. That is the principle that you can create or improve something, and if you invest effort/resources in that something, then the resulting outcome of your investment is protected. You will reap the reward of your investment. Elites/powerholders, whether monarchy, lords, or government officials, cannot confiscate the outcome of your creativity and work. The protection of personal property under law is absolutely basic to equality and freedom. Protected property rights unleashed the modern burst of human creativity and progress with outcomes in an immensely improved human condition that we all value.

Balancing both sides and what works best:

(1) The primary orientation to the collective, or (2) a primary orientation to the individual. We never get all that we want on either side of these political divides hence, both sides are obligated out of common decency (“peace and love”) to make some compromise with, basically, what is often the other half of our societies. And there are enough major issues that both sides can agree to cooperate on (e.g. basic health care for all, criminal-justice reform, public safety priority, growing economies/jobs and good income for all, etc.).

The Left/Right or Liberal/Conservative dualism in our societies often becomes infected with the residual tribal impulse that we have inherited from our animal past. The tribal impulse continues to erupt in today’s societies, along with a dose of hardening dogmatism, to the detriment of the necessary cooperation to maintain peace. Fortunately, surveys show that most people on both sides identify with the more moderate/centrist positions on most social issues.

Is there some healthy balance between the free individual approach and the collectivist approach? Our societies continue the multiple-millennia back and forth tug between these two approaches to organizing human societies (see Arthur Herman’s “The Cave and The Light” for the long-term history of this tug-of-war, traced from the Greeks on down through subsequent millennia). It appears that most people will continue to embrace some mixed version of these two approaches that encompasses the concerns of both sides. Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Valuing the Western contribution to humanity

Speculating on the meaning of human life

Third in a series...

I am reposting updated versions of previous essays (i.e. “Humanity’s worst ideas, better alternatives”, “The Christian contradiction”, “Campbell on the meaning of human life”, “Two main approaches to organizing human societies”) because they go to the root themes that incite and validate our baser inherited impulses (i.e. impulses to tribalism, exclusion of differing others, domination/control of others, and punitive destruction of failing others). These primitive mythical themes have persisted across history in religious traditions and now also dominate the “secular” ideological narratives of our modern era (i.e. Declinism being a prominent example. See “The Idea of Decline in Western History” by Arthur Herman).

The alternative ideas offered, from human insight across history, speak to the profound liberation possible- i.e. liberation of mind, consciousness, and spirit at the deepest levels (i.e. subconscious). This liberation then reverberates out to impact all of life and society because we become just like the ultimate ideals/themes that we believe in, the ideals that we embrace to shape our worldviews. The alternatives point us in the direction of authentically humane existence. They show us how to “tower in stature as maturely human” (Joseph Campbell).

The project here is to probe resolutions to problems by dealing with the full complex of root contributing factors behind recurring social issues, notably, the recurrence of irrational apocalyptic themes in destructive movements like climate alarmism.

Speculating with Campbell on the meaning of human life and experience Wendell Krossa

Or: How to tower in stature as maturely human, how to become the hero of your story or quest.

Joseph Campbell said that we all live a “hero’s quest or adventure”. Our lives and life experiences can be understood in terms of “the hero’s journey”. We all live heroic stories of adventure, struggle, suffering, conquest of monsters/problems, disintegration/re-integration, transformation, discovery and gaining insights that benefit others. I have added to Campbell’s basic framework, revising, paraphrasing, and changing some things.

Going right to the point on the big question- What is the greater goal or meaning of human life? Above all else that we might accomplish in life, I would suggest that we are here to learn what love is and how to love. Love is the fundamental reason/purpose for the cosmos, our world, and conscious human life. Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Speculating on the meaning of human life

Bad mythology still dominates human consciousness

“The same mythical themes are repeated across all history and across all the cultures (and ideologies/worldviews/belief systems) of the world” (my paraphrase of Joseph Campbell).

What “most” people believe, Wendell Krossa

The point here- It is not just religious people who believe the ideas/themes listed below but also many/most of those who self-identify as “secular… materialist… scientific… even atheist”. Listen to what most people actually say when they explain how they view life on Earth. Their own statements reveal their core belief system.

Most have embraced highly religious worldviews that are shaped by primitive mythical themes (terms change but core themes remain the same old). Because climate alarmism has embraced such themes, it is a profoundly religious crusade. And because this movement views life through a mythological lens, it profoundly distorts the true state of life on Earth. Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bad mythology still dominates human consciousness

Ongoing project: Go to root themes/ideas

Second in reposted series

Over our lifetime we construct a personal worldview because we are driven by our primary impulse for meaning. In constructing our worldview, we embrace ideas that embody/express how we feel, how we understand and explain the world and life. The ideas that we embrace to construct our personal worldview then influence how we respond or act and influence the policies and programs that we support and advocate. We become what we think, whether consciously or subconsciously.

Project:

The essay below continues my reposting of updated versions of previous essays (i.e. “Bad ideas, better alternatives”, “The Christian contradiction”, “Campbell on the meaning of human life”, “Two main approaches to organizing human societies”). These essays cover varied root themes that incite and validate our baser inherited impulses (i.e. impulses to tribalism, exclusion of differing others, domination/control of others, and punitive destruction of failing others). The primitive mythical themes/ideas referred to have persisted across history in religious traditions and now also dominate the “secular” ideological narratives of our modern era (i.e. Declinism being a prominent example- see, for example, “The Idea of Decline in Western History” by Arthur Herman).

The alternative ideas offered, from human insight across history, speak to the profound liberation possible- i.e. liberation of mind, consciousness, and spirit at the deepest levels. Such liberation then reverberates out to impact all of life and society because we become just like the ultimate ideals/themes that we believe in, the ideals that we embrace to shape our worldviews. The alternatives point us in the direction of authentically humane existence. They show us how to “tower in stature as maturely human”, how to become the hero of our story or quest (Joseph Campbell).

The project here is to probe long-term resolutions to problems by dealing with the full complex of root contributing factors behind recurring social issues, notably, the recurrence of apocalyptic themes in movements like, for example, climate alarmism.

Note: The essay below is not about trashing a world religion but about recognizing the influence of history’s most prominent myth (the Christ myth), the primitive features that it embraces, and the impact of the Christ myth and related mythical themes on human consciousness, life, and society.

Intro comments:

Paul’s Christ myth has been the single most influential myth in history (James Tabor in “Paul and Jesus”, among other researchers). The manufactured Christ myth of Paul is primarily responsible for perpetuating the primitive and destructive myth of apocalyptic in Western consciousness. And yes, there is an “anti-Christ” in Christianity but its not who you think it is. Its someone dear and familiar.

(Insert note: “Manufactured Christ myth”? Yes, manufactured through the process of developing Christology where a common historical person is turned into a god. This process has been outlined, for example, by researchers like Maurice Casey in his book “From Jewish prophet to Gentile God: The origins and development of New Testament Christology”. And “destructive myth of apocalyptic”? Yes, see Arthur Mendel’s “Vision and Violence”.)

What’s at stake in challenging the Christ myth? History’s single most profound insight- i.e. that God is a stunning “no conditions” reality. That insight has been buried for two millennia under Paul’s highly conditional Christ myth.

The insight that God is an unconditional reality goes to the root of humanity’s primal fears. This insight demolishes entirely (1) the fear of behind-life harm (i.e. deity punishing people through natural disaster, disease, or human cruelty) and (2) the fear of death and after-life harm (i.e. ultimate rejection, punishment, and destruction in hell). These primal fears have deformed human lives across millennia.

The Christ myth- separating diamonds from dung (revised) Wendell Krossa

The fundamental problem with Paul’s Christ myth was outlined by Thomas Jefferson and Leo Tolstoy. They stated that the Christ of Paul “buried the diamonds/pearls” of Historical Jesus (“Historical Jesus” is the title used to distinguish the actual historical person from the manufactured Christian version- known commonly as “Jesus Christ”). Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ongoing project: Go to root themes/ideas

Basic climate facts and the false narrative of “climate crisis”

Section topics:

A response to Brian Crowley re embracing the climate alarmism narrative;
“Lunacy, insanity, craziness…” Terms too strong to describe climate alarmism? You read and decide;
The misuse of “misinformation”;
Celebrating CO2 (Craig Idso on the benefits of more CO2);
The global warming “Pause” continues;
The uncertainty of climate measurements;
Climate points;
Notes on climate physics;
The hysterical demonization of CO2;
Uncertainty about Earth’s carbon cycles;
Renewables versus fossil fuels;
And more…

This from the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)…

“The State of the Climate 2021: Empirical observations show no sign of “climate crisis”

“London, 14 April, 2022 – A systematic review of climate trends and observational data by an eminent climate scientist has found no evidence to support the claim of a climate crisis.

“In his annual State of the Climate report, Ole Humlum, emeritus professor at the University of Oslo, examined detailed patterns in temperature changes in the atmosphere and oceans together with trends in climate impacts.

“Many of these show no significant trends and suggest that poorly understood natural cycles are involved.

“And while the report finds gentle warming, there is no evidence of dramatic changes, with snow cover stable, sea ice levels recovering, and no change in storm activity.

“Professor Humlum said:

“’A year ago, I warned that there was great risk in using computer modelling and immature science to make extraordinary claims. The empirical observations I have reviewed show very gentle warming and no evidence of a climate crisis.”

GWPF director, Dr Benny Peiser said:

“’It’s extraordinary that anyone should think there is a climate crisis. Year after year our annual assessment of climate trends document just how little has been changing in the last 30 years. The habitual climate alarmism is mainly driven by scientists’ computer modelling rather than observational evidence.’” Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Basic climate facts and the false narrative of “climate crisis”

An adventure/quest for ultimate freedom

First in a series

I am reposting updated versions of previous essays (i.e. “Humanity’s worst ideas, better alternatives”, “The Christian contradiction”, “Campbell on the meaning of human life”, “Two main approaches to organizing human societies”) because they go to the root themes that incite and validate our baser inherited impulses (i.e. impulses to tribalism, exclusion of differing others, domination/control of others, and punitive destruction of failing others). These primitive mythical themes have persisted across history in religious traditions and now also dominate the “secular” ideological narratives of our modern era (i.e. Declinism being a prominent example. See “The Idea of Decline in Western History” by Arthur Herman).

The alternative ideas offered, from human insight across history, speak to the profound liberation possible- i.e. liberation of mind, consciousness, and spirit at the deepest levels (i.e. subconscious). This liberation then reverberates out to impact all of life and society because we become just like the ultimate ideals/themes that we believe in, the ideals that we embrace to shape our worldviews. The alternatives point us in the direction of authentically humane existence. They show us how to “tower in stature as maturely human” (Joseph Campbell).

The project here is to probe resolutions to problems by dealing with the full complex of root contributing factors behind recurring social issues, notably, the recurrence of irrational apocalyptic themes in destructive movements like climate alarmism.

A reposting of the worst of inherited ideas and better alternatives. A project for true liberation of mind and emotion, an adventure for freedom at the core of human consciousness.

The ideas below have been held by most people across history in mythical/religious versions. They continue to dominate the great world religious traditions in our modern era. Most interesting, these same ideas are also embraced by many people today in “secular/ideological” forms. The terms used differ from religious versions but the core themes remain the same old, same old deforming mythology.

You then get this cognitive dissonance outcome: Many moderns think that they have freed themselves from mythical/religious ideas and are now more secular, materialist, even atheist in orientation. But that may be self-delusion because a close examination of the worldviews of these people reveals that the core themes they hold are often the same old mythical themes as those held across history by fundamentalist religious people.

“The same mythical themes have been repeated across all history and across all the cultures of the world”, Joseph Campbell. Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on An adventure/quest for ultimate freedom

Maintaining hope, maintaining humanity

Section topics:

Inciting the madness of crowds with apocalyptic alarmism.

The anti-fossil fuel crusade as a crowd madness episode.

The core climate issue: The physics of CO2 (the CO2 warming influence declines logarithmically with increasing atmospheric levels. A doubling of CO2 from 400 ppm to 800 ppm may contribute another degree or two C to further warming which would be net beneficial. May? Yes, because other natural factors consistently overwhelm the “bit player” role of CO2 in climate change, making most of the climate change that we are observing “natural variation”.

Absurdity (i.e. decarbonization) as government policy.

The true state of the world.

Russian financing of anti-fossil fuel activist groups.

Glen Greenwald on the “Neoliberal war on dissent”.

The death of dreams and a mother’s unsung heroism. And more…

Feeding hope with “true state of life” facts

Hope can be devastated by immediate events in life. Add here the fallacy of “Presentism”- i.e. the feeling that immediate events/situations appear to be the worst ever because we experience them firsthand and conclude that they express the overall truth of life.

Hope needs to be nourished with the facts of the big background picture and long-term trends that present the true overall trajectory of life, the true state of life. Today’s dominant ideology of Declinism (i.e. the belief that life and the world are getting worse), along with the pathology of apocalyptic now expressed in climate alarmism, are fallacies that distort entirely the true trajectory and the true state of life over the long term.

Marian Tupy of Humanprogress.org has reposted comments from his 2013/10/30 Reason article “Progress: Not inevitable, uneven, but indisputable”. Good points.

Human Progress: Not Inevitable, (but) Uneven, and Indisputable

Quotes by Tupy from Humanprogress.org… Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintaining hope, maintaining humanity

Climate apocalyptic, the true state of climate, and energy policy in an era of renewed totalitarian threat

Section topics:

The science of CO2– the true state of climate contradicts the Western climate apocalypse crusade (i.e. the “climate crisis” and consequent irrational salvation scheme of decarbonization that renders Western societies vulnerable to totalitarian threat);

Critical factors in climate science that counter the false assumptions and claims of climate alarmism;

David Coe on “Climate change: Emergency or not?”;

Russian financing of Western anti-fossil fuel groups (Russia gaining strategic advantage by funding climate misinformation projects in the West- even Hillary Clinton acknowledged this);

Basics of climate physics (i.e. the “miniscule” role of CO2 in climate change);

Glen Greenwald on “The Neoliberal war on dissent”;

Comment on Woke Progressivism;

Jordan Peterson interview of military historian Frederick Kagan re Putin’s ideology (i.e. the messianic crusade to restore the “special destiny of Russia” that has been thwarted by the West);

and more…

Note on the arguments made here especially regarding the science of CO2 and the wider climate debate- The point is to challenge remaining public hesitancy to freely and fully embrace fossil fuels, a hesitancy that is largely due to the unproven, unscientific assumptions of alarmist narratives that have wrongly demonized CO2 and fossil fuels. The alarmist narrative on climate, and consequent decarbonization policies, has been widely embraced by the political classes on both sides, by celebrity elites, and by mainstream media and social media companies. We are all anxiously watching the dangerous outcomes of the Western embrace of irrational decarbonization (i.e. the weakening of our societies in the face of totalitarian threat). Most of us are deeply concerned about the world that we are handing our children.

Key summary points:

See the evidence just below from climate physicists on the “miniscule” role that CO2 plays in climate change (“Nearly 140 scientific papers detail the miniscule effect CO2 has on Earth’s temperature” by Kenneth Richard, and “Climate Change: an emergency, or not?” by David Coe).

This evidence overturns the core claims of climate alarmists, showing, to the contrary, that fossil fuels are not mainly responsible for climate change and climate change has not and is not becoming catastrophic in any manner (i.e. there is no “climate crisis”). This evidence nullifies the climate alarm narrative. Conclusion: There is no “settled scientific” reason to tax carbon or decarbonize our societies, as it has now become painfully obvious that decarbonization has strengthened totalitarian regimes like Russia and weakened energy-dependent Western nations.

In answer to the question someone asked recently- “Where is courage today?”- it is time for waffling politicians to make this evidence public and to oppose unscientific and irrational decarbonization policies. Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Climate apocalyptic, the true state of climate, and energy policy in an era of renewed totalitarian threat

Slay the monsters, free people from fear

Topics below:

Incremental authoritarianism, creeping totalitarianism; Ellens and Lotufo on “Monster God” (core themes in human narratives); Climate updates; Fighting the ultimate monster; Alarmism patterns; Climate physicist William Happer on the warming influence of CO2 (warming influence declines logarithmically with rising levels, warming influence is already “saturated” in terms of ability to absorb and re-emit infrared radiation); Some metaphysics (love as the core nature of ultimate reality); Matt Ridley on the benefits of global warming; The Woke outrage cult; Breaking retaliatory cycles; and much more…

The comment below on “Monster God” and “Fighting the Ultimate Monster” is not a call to abandon religion wholesale but to deal thoroughly and properly with the single most critical failure of religion- that of the highly conditional deities at the core of religious traditions, deities that distort entirely and bury the unconditional nature of God, deities that embody the pathology of “threat theology”. Also deal with the entire complex of related ideas/myths that have been created to affirm those conditional deities, such as the varied features that portray deities as more animal-like than human- i.e. the portrayal of gods as tribal lords favoring true believers over unbelievers (small band orientation), the portrayal of gods as dominating lords, kings, rulers (alpha males), and the portrayal of God as the ultimate destroyer of dissenting others/outsiders (destruction through apocalypse or in hell).

While I affirm all endeavors to reform religion, too much religious reformism is just tinkering around the periphery and avoiding the core pathology/malignancy of the “monster gods”.

“Secular” alarmism movements today are fueled by the same core mythical themes that have incited religious apocalyptic eruptions across history. Secular alarmism often rehashes the same old mythological/religious pathologies as ever before.

Again, here is a summary of the more prominent and endlessly repeated mythical pathologies, the complex of related “monstrous” ideas that support monster gods (persisting in both religious and secular/ideological versions): Read the rest of the opening comment here

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Slay the monsters, free people from fear