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UK: How to save the planet? Think like religious people!

August 28, 2012
Do you see what she did there?

Do you see what she did there?

Yeah, that’s gotta work.

There may be ways of fixing that and averting catastrophic global warming that don’t make use of religious resources, but I can’t think of any.

It’s important to this argument to understand that religious resources need not be theistic. All they need do is make manifest a higher rationality than self-interest….

What religious thought – and ritual – can supply is the two things absent from normative consumer liberalism. The first is a belief that the choice between ends is not arbitrary or wholly personal: that there are moral facts of the matter; that saving as much of humanity as possible is an obligation on all of us, and that this is actually true, and not just a matter of preference.

The second is the kind of conformism, reinforced by all kinds of social ritual, large and small, which will enforce the social discipline needed to carry societies through some pretty ghastly changes.

Andrew Brown | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Translation: we can’t just coerce people’s behaviour and extort their cash for no reason: we have to invent a reason first.

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