Tuesday, May 31, 2011

his own image

"I think [the contradictions we have] were best illustrated a few years ago when a ranger in Zimbabwe shot and killed a poacher who was about to kill a black rhinoceros and human rights groups around the world said how dare you take a human life to protect an animal! The ranger's answer really illustrated a hypocrisy. He said, "Ya know, if I was a police officer in Harari and a man ran out of Barclays Bank with a bag of money and I shot him in the head in front of everybody and killed him, you'd pin a medal on me and call me a national hero. Why is that bag of paper more valued than the future heritage of this nation?" [These are] our values. We fight, we risk our lives, we kill for things we believe in. Imagine going into Mecca... Walk up to the Black Stone, spit on it... See how far you get. You're not going to get very far. You're going to be torn to pieces. Walk into Jerusalem, walk up to that Wailing Wall with a pick axe, start whacking away. See how far you're going to get. Somebody is going to put a bullet in your back, and everybody will say you deserved it. Walk into the Vatican with a hammer, start smashing a few statues. See how far you're going to get. Not very far. But each and every day, people go into the most beautiful, most profoundly sacred cathedrals of this planet — the rainforests of Amazonia, the redwood forests of California, the rainforests of Indonesia — and totally desecrate and destroy these cathedrals with bulldozers and chainsaws. And how do we respond to that? Oh, we write a few letters and protest. We dress up in animal costumes with picket signs and jump up and down... But if the rainforests of Amazonia and the redwoods of California had as much value to us as a chunk of old meteorite in Mecca, a decrepit old wall in Jerusalem, or a piece of old marble in the Vatican, we would literally rip those pieces limb from limb for the act of blasphemy that we're committing. But we won't do that because nature is an abstraction, wilderness is an abstraction — it has no value in our anthropocentric world where the only thing we value is that which is created by humans." —Paul Watson [X]

zeus statue, paul watson, sea shepherd, captain, zimbabwe poacher
roman god, king of gods, jupiter, zues
anthropocentric god, michelangelo, paul watson
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

1 comment:

Dan Harper said...

My favorite sci-fi film is "Silent Running" in which Bruce Dern must decide (I don't think he gave it a second's thought) to kill his fellow crew-members in order to save what's left of the last forest on earth. I think I would much rather when I looked up see a tree than a human being. (Perhaps not a rhinoceros. I can't run very fast.)