Utopia doesn’t exist

Israel Wayne takes staccato shots at some of the top utopian myths:

Here are the Top Ten Utopian Myths, in no particular order:

Myth 1. Life would be better if everyone had the same income and/or resources.
Truth: A totally classless society is impossible. All attempts at socialism (forced redistribution of wealth) have resulted eventually in overall collective poverty (and an insanely wealthy oligarchy who steals from the public).

Myth 2. If we could only communicate better, then we would understand each other, and we would all get along.
Truth: If we truly understood what everyone else really believed, we might like each other less!

Myth 3. We can legislate our way to a perfect and peaceful society.
Truth: All law is an imposition of an external standard on someone who doesn’t want to embrace it. The problem is not a lack of legislation, it is that many people desire to do things that are harmful to others, and they always will. In case we haven’t noticed, criminals do not obey the law…  (emphasis added)

Read the rest here.

Our utopian dreams are a reflection of our deep understanding we were meant for a better place than this fallen world.  We have the power to change our own individual behavior.  We don’t have the power, individually or collectively, to create a perfect society.  That hasn’t kept humanity from trying, often at great cost.  We need to live as much like Christ as possible in this life, and rely on His promise of a future where there is no more “mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore.”  Ironically, such “living forwardly” provides the best possible solution to our present circumstances, to the extent we embrace it:

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”                   — C.S. Lewis

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Perspective: Tweet of the week

This gent wins the award for the Tweet of the week… maybe the year:

Tweet of the week

I still don’t understand how folks like the Goreacle and Leonardo DiCaprio are taken seriously with their Chicken Little cries when both of them have “carbon footprints” the size of which 99.9% of people can only aspire to achieve.

After the very active 2005 hurricane season (Katrina, Rita, Wilma, among others), we were told “this is the new normal.”

  • # of hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. in 2005:  five (4 cat-3s and 1 cat-1)
  • # of hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S., 2006-2016: ten (none above cat-2)

In other words, in the ten years after 2005, there were only twice as many hurricanes as there were *in* 2005, NONE of which were as STRONG as those in 2005.  Read that again, and let it sink in.

It’s not a trend line.  It’s a cycle.  It appears this year the hurricane cycle is on the upswing.  Interestingly enough, the sun this week highlighted increased activity in its cycle by firing off the strongest X-class flare since (wait for it…) 2005.  It’s true that coincidence isn’t the same thing as causality.  But for those of us who think a ball of plasma 330,000 times the mass of the Earth just MIGHT have more to do with the climate conditions on our planet than us puny humans, this timing is certainly… interesting…

It’s a good thing for the Goreacle, the would-be environmental profit, er, prophet that the Biblical response to prophetical error is no longer observed.  Of course, even he’s backed away from the idea he’s a prophet.  He just thinks he’s the messenger, and as his cult likes to say, “the science is settled.”  Yeahabout that…

Today we can just be content to say shut up, Al.”

The false prophets of Earth Day

While I fully understand and seek to fulfill the God-given responsibility of being stewards of His creation, I cannot stand the annual ritual of Earth Day and its barrage of associated enviro-fascist propaganda.  The entire event smacks of fulfillment of scripture:

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen   – Romans 1:25

This “love your mother (earth)” effort to meet our inborn spiritual needs with an alternate faith apart from God has all the trappings of its own religion: holidays (like today and Earth Hour), rituals, and most important of all: prophets.  But since we’re always bombarded with cries “the science is settled,” it’s worth noting these apocalyptic prophets’ predictions around 1970 (the start of ‘Earth Day’):

“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

There’s plenty more at the link above.  Don’t get me wrong: I’m glad our society became more cognizant of how industrialization impacted our ecology, and that we took steps to mitigate that.  What I don’t appreciate is the constant Chicken Little “The Sky Is Falling” doomsaying that always points to the same solution set: more collectivist action, government empowerment and the curtailment of individual freedoms.  Nor do I appreciate the fact that many of the loudest, most obnoxious voices on this issue seem to have no qualm with living lifestyles with far larger “carbon footprints” than most people will ever be able to achieve.  Or that there are always more calls for America to live a more primitive, monastic life in order to save the world, while countries like China and India — with far more dire conditions — are much more rarely mentioned.

As for the “prophets” themselves, God’s word had a very specific penalty for those in ancient Israel whose prophecies failed to bear out.  Good thing for their modern counterparts we live in the age of Grace.

That doesn’t mean we can’t still shun and mock them, while quietly going about our own lives in the most responsible way we can.

“Noah?” Uh, no.

A Hollywood bigwig is frustrated that Christians want Biblical accounts treated accurately when brought to the big screen:

“I was upset — of course,” the director says of Paramount testing alternate versions of the $125 million epic (“Noah”) as he and the studio break their silence on efforts to appease a small but vocal segment of the faith-based audience: “Those people can be noisy.”

What’s interesting is the characterization of evangelical Christians as a “small” segment of the audience… and yet it apparently involves enough potential revenue the studio is concerned about offending it.  Which is it?

This article makes clear that any concession to Biblical accuracy will merely be an attempt to gain revenue.  It is not a reflection of any respect for the message of the account of Noah: that there IS a God who, despite His desire to have a relationship with humanity, will not suspend judgement of sin indefinitely.  And yet that same God provides a means of deliverance from judgement, for those who will trust Him.

That is a message the world needs to hear as much today as it ever has — so naturally, the Prince of the Power of the Air(waves) will do his utmost to muddle it.

Dear Christian: if you have any commitment to Biblical truth, vote with your wallet and take a pass on this film.  Spend your money with those who respect the messages of God’s Word, not just its box office potential.  If your curiosity must be sated wait and rent it from Netflix, so that those folks only get to sell a single DVD, not thousands of theater tickets.  Anything else sends a green light to Hollywood to make more of this junk.