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[greenyes] Evangelicals - Threat or Promise


Dave and Doug have taken exception to the caption I included as a lead in
the Rolling Stones article on evangelicals' political plans.

Dave says he has no intention of turning the other cheek: and Doug says this
has nothing to do with recycling. Briefly in reply--

CHEEKS. Although I am quite irreligious in the institutional sense, I
have done quite a bit of reading, because -- notwithstanding the distortions
to which he has been put-- Jesus is an incredible historic figure in the
history of social and moral change. In the context of his times, turning the
other cheek was not a meek and passive act...doing so to the Romans was a
well known showing of defiance, much like Ghandi's salt protest. In
hindsight, perhaps though I should have better mentioned his use of the word
agape for the basis of a new relationship with former enemies, which is
usually translated as love, but in Greek really means unconditional love,
which is something so much more and transcendent. But, at this point, I
fear digressing too much, and ask anyone who wants to delve into that to
email me directly.

RECYCLING. Inasmuch as recycling, except for non-ferrous metals and
high grade papers, continues to hang on by its tenterhooks, more than 15
years after the beginning of the modern era of recycling, we have to ask why
if we are going to, ourselves, be sustainable. I believe the answer lies in
the fact that the things we compete against, virgin materials and disposal,
are drastically underpriced because the wrong people have controlled the
political levers. That is to say, our fate lies in public policy, and in
that arena, we are today being eaten alive. Unless we delve in to learn why
and act on those lessons, we will be doomed to dwell on the minutia of
recycling as it inevitably declines over time. Our fate lies in the
fundamentals of our society not the nuts and bolts of our industry. Note
that we can ever forget about doing what we can to tighten the screws, but
not at the expense of forgetting the wider tableau where the things are
decided that will determine our success. Ditto for what is needed to right
the ship: we are sinking, not listing, and refining our message doesn't
begin to reach the depth of our problems: fundamental political changes in
tectonics are what is needed.

Peter

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