And God said let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the foul of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Genesis, chapter 1, verse 26.

The King James Bible

TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORGINAL TONGUES AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED BY HIS MAJISTY’S SPECIAL COMMAND.

 

APPOINTED TO BE READ IN CHURCHES

dominion (noun) 1. sovereignty; control

The English Oxford Dictionary

 

I remember a quote from a campy old episode of Adventures of Hercules:  “Denial is more than a river in Egypt.”

I love that quote. 

But I’m damned sick and tired of your denial. 

Que sera sera” my  sorry arse.  I’m sick of the out right laziness and mental lassitude.  I’m sick of the lethargy and the indolence.  I’m sick of your excuses. 

And you see, it’s not in God’s hands.  It’s in yours. Your Bible tells you so.

And I’m sure your God isn’t all that happy with you rejecting responsibility and putting it back on Him. 

Most of you hate Al Gore more than you do Exxon-Mobile, Shell, Chevron, BP, et al. Seriously! Do you understand that? Because I sure as hell don’t. 

Is there anything more irritating than reasoning that isn’t reasonable?  Is there anything more irritating than adults who refuse to take responsibility for their actions?  Is there anything more irritating than taking it out on the messenger and the message rather than the cause?

And you have children for Christ’s sakes. 

Nice.  What kind of world are you leaving for them? 

What happened to you?  And who in the hell are you people and where in the hell did you come from? Who raised you? 

Remember the Great Generation who endured the Great Depression, sacrificed their own comforts, went on rations and fought to free us from Fascism to make the world a better place for their children?  Remember the Baby Boomers who protested an unjust war and fought for civil rights and the hippies who turned their back on gratuitous consumerism because they recognised the damage it was doing to the planet and our souls?

Look at the quote above.  It’s the same chapter from Genesis you love to quote about creating the world in six days and the earth being only six thousand years old.  So you prefer mythology to science…but you lack the ability to understand the metaphorical significance rather than the literal.  Sad.  You’ve read the Bible?  Garbage!  It doesn’t appear to me you’ve even read past the first chapter of the first book in Bible.

So take a literal interpretation of the Genesis, chapter 1, verse 26 as above.  It’s clear.  According to the Bible, God gave man “dominion” over the earth.  According to Oxford English Dictionary…dominion means “control”.  God gave it up.  He gave ‘control’ to mankind.  He gave control to you.  There it is in the King James Version of the Bible in black and white in the King’s English. 

So seriously.  You can’t have it both ways.  You want to put it in God’s hands?  Well, the way it reads in the Bible, God doesn’t want any part of it.  He gave you one job to do and you’re blowing it. 

Purely and simply, in your denial you are sitting back and allowing the desecration of your God’s creation.  Shameful and Stupid and Sinful.

So if the words of God from the Bible say that man has control over the earth then why aren’t you doing something?  Are you so lazy and irresponsible that you simply listen to the likes of Pat Robinson, Fred Phelps or some pro corporate whore on some low level cable news program…or whatever crazy razzle dazzle limousine driving con artist you’re listening to without thinking for yourself?

You’re quite happy to listen to some evangelical huckster tell you that it's because of gays, or minorities, or women, or abortion, or liberals, or socialists or whatever sillier than hell blunt edged bigoted load of ignorant crap.  Come on!  You have to know it’s just ducking responsibility and scapegoating to others .

I am in the Winter of my years.  I don’t know what happens after that.  No one does.  But I do know this.  One of the first and most important tenets of all religions from the old Pagan beliefs of our ancestors to Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam is to look after our earth.  I’m not afraid to meet my maker because if nothing else I’ve tried my best to follow that tenet. 

You on the other hand have betrayed your maker and your beliefs.

So stop picking on the weak and the poor.  Stop picking on minorities, homosexuals, abortion clinics and women.  They are not the enemy and they are for your God to judge not you…and that’s from the Bible too.

Be like David.  Take on Goliath. Take on the Giants.  Take on the real enemies, take on big oil, take on coal and take on logging.  Take on those greedy bastards that are destroying your God’s creation and undermining your custodianship of His Creation. Stop being so lazy.  Make some sacrifices.  Hey, Jesus did.  Grow some backbone.  It’s the least you can do.

Sure you’re frightened of them.  They are powerful.  They control your politicians.  They lead you into war.  They lead you unto burnt pastures, crumbled mountains, scorched skies and dark fetid waters. 

They are the real enemies.  You know who they are.

 

 

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Comment by Anna Herrington on April 12, 2013 at 9:48pm

Excellent rant.

I'd love to send on to any fundamentalists, but...the only ones I know are family (in-laws) and wouldn't listen.

They'd blame Obama some more.

Comment by JMac1949 Memories on April 13, 2013 at 8:00am

Good rant with a solid ironic twist but a word of caution: When environmentalists point the finger at people around them, their message tends to get lost in visceral emotions.  Nobody appreciates being told that they're "...blowing it..." especially if they are in deliberate denial about what they're doing and why.  There are any number of fundamentalist evangelical Christians who've taken on the mantle of environmental stewardship and economic justice directly from the scriptures... they get it.  As for those who don't, there are a lot more secular agnostics who work for big oil and big coal and auto manufacturers than fundamentalist Christians and they all have mortgages to pay and kids to send to college.

I was a founding member of the Green Party of California in 1990, and I always had a problem with this particular style of , "Save the Planet" rhetoric, because we have no "dominion" over Mother Earth and any half assed educated scientist can verify that.  Life on this planet was doing just fine before our Simian ancestors came out of the jungles and started wandering around the savannah in search of red meat.  They adapted and they weren't doing it because they were noble savages enlightened with the spirit of  Gaia.  Over 99.9% of all species of life on this planet have gone extinct because they were unable to adapt to environmental change.  Adaptation is the engine of evolution and it's likely that life on earth has been adapting and evolving for over four billion years.  It will continue to adapt and evolve long after we've screwed ourselves and brought ourselves to the brink of extinction. 

If we're serious in our calls for environment wisdom, and we really want to spread the message, then we need to take a cue from the Mad Men of marketing and brand the message as a tool for survival that everybody needs to buy into so that we can all save our hairless monkey butts and call ourselves "the Greatest Generation" and "G_D's chosen."  It sells even better when you turn it into a business model that shows the path to some healthy profits, hence Obama's calls for developing green industries with green jobs.

Not trying to be a prick here, just suggesting that old proverbial you catch more flies with honey thing and that people are more likely to jump when they feel scared, rather than ridiculed.

Comment by Anna Herrington on April 13, 2013 at 8:04am

excellent points, jmac ~ 

Comment by Phyllis on April 13, 2013 at 1:34pm

I didn't read this as trying to ridicule anyone, but it is a bit of an exercise in futility, even though it probably felt good to say. Same old arguments, over and over and over again, no matter the topic. Everyone is entrenched and no one is budging. And really, I think the people doing the damage don't care. We had someone trying to put a factory hog farm in our county, and someone else trying to get a garbage dump. In the case of the hog farm, the farmer who was selling the land was overheard to say that the pollution and environmental concerns and the property value loss to his neighbors meant nothing to him because he would have his money, and he would probably be dead before any of that came home to roost. I'm guessing that's the general mindset.

Comment by Alpheus Williams on April 13, 2013 at 2:41pm

Just Thinking, Phyllis and JMac1949.  Sort of new at this.  I wrote my response to you and came back to do some editing on it...and deleted the whole thing. Damn!  Will come back later and try and fix that up.  Thanks for your comments.

Comment by Jenny on April 13, 2013 at 3:05pm

Great rant.

My thoughts are that God gave us a brain with the expectation that we would use it. 

Comment by Alpheus Williams on April 14, 2013 at 5:47pm

Thanks for your comment Jenny.  You're right about the brains...but so many of them have been washed by propaganda and nonsense...and so many people simply won't take responsibility.  

Comment by Alpheus Williams on April 14, 2013 at 5:58pm

Thanks Jan Sand.  Part and parcel of a system that puts far too much worth and importance into profit and material things.  It comes as no surprise that Fossil Fuel Giants have huge public relations budgets...even now they are busy in Arkansas and Texas trying to limit the media accessing footage of the latests spills.  Oil companies are motivated to increase consumption not conserve it.  They are motivated by profits not conservation.  Their PR is one of denial and much of the corporate owned media helps to promote that.  It is seriously time for Governments to step and put in strong regulations or perhaps to simply nationalise the industry.  I would have thought that Hurricane Sandy would have tilted the pendulum for action...just as I thought the Sandy Hook Massacre would have tilted the balance for tighter gun laws...but you're confronting mega millions from private interests pouring money into propaganda.

Comment by Alpheus Williams on April 14, 2013 at 9:36pm

Agreed Jan.  I believe it's called Fascism.  I think the only politicians in the US who are actually facing this corporate control are Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Alan Grayson to a lessor degree.   The others are quite content with the current system because it pays them untold benefits on the side.  It's always been bad in the US but Reagan opened the floodgates with his "small government" mantra and "trickle down economics"...so convincing that after more than 30 years of proved failure people are still parroting it.   I would imagine that should the government ever take over the industry it would indicate the US would no longer be controlled by corporations. (Oh and thanks for the link to the Counterpunch site. It's excellent.)

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