©2015 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee
Pope Francis Issues a Papal Encyclical on the Environment
Let’s call it what it is. A controversy. An epic battle in the making. An epic battle between realms; the spiritual vs. the economic-political.
The world in which we struggle to survive is increasingly becoming a deteriorated pile of filth, an unparalleled disgusting mess. Already precipitating a humanitarian disaster of biblical proportions the disasters occurring are totally unnecessary and unacceptable to modern civilization. Climate change must be addressed and remedied by everyone including his 1.5 billion faithful and the rich alike. Everyone must be involved, suggested Pope Francis in an edgy new encyclical on the environment.
Rich countries, Pope Francis also observed, in his newest and highly controversial papal encyclical, are primarily responsible for climate change, the environment being a mess, a growing cesspool of greed and human tragedy. He is demanding action. A rallying call. Get to it. Remedies are to be initiated by the faithful. Immediately and decisively. Genuine thought worthy of a leader. Kudos to Pope Francis, a genuine leader. It seems some politicians are displeased to hear the truth.
Imagine that. Politicians loudly object when sensitive buttons have been pushed. A reality check for the thinking; it has been historically and repeatedly demonstrated that the political realm is an unlikely source of miracles where
the environment is irrelevant and corporate interests and greed are paramount.
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggests Pope Francis is a nice guy but ” should leave resolving of environmental problems to the political realm.”
We burst out laughing. Really.
In overview, to mitigate ongoing climate change and survive ever more common serious disasters may now require miracles of the Godly kind. Hear, hear! —but let us remain optimistic and open-minded; political miracles are still welcome. We begin to
smirk , chuckle, then laugh raucously, analyze and ponder the implications. We wink and yawn.
“Look, Jebbie, old man, be reasonable; you are aspiring to follow in the footsteps of Georgie and Daddy, are you not? A presidential wannabe? You want to lead a mere 300 million Americans? (smirk) Pope Francis is already leading 1.2 billion+ people worldwide. Successfully. With respect. With dignity. And God’s on his side. He’s got the jump on you and has a nice hat too. And a pope-mobile. ” *click
—And a Popemobile, Jebbie, this is serious stuff….wait..wait, did’ya get that, Jebbie? .—Was that a disconnect? —wait, —Jeb…Jebbie? Did you hang up on us, Jebbie? Mission accomplished?'”
Ah well. See what happens? No matter. Jebbie got huffy and stormed off to play golf.
Political Miracles from the Political Realm?
We could not agree more that environmental destruction has been caused in the majority, by greedy, foolish use of and thoughtless exploitation of world resources. Profiteering at any cost. Any cost, worth repeating. Even the destruction of humanity itself. Living in a corporate-dictated world, a greedy, throw-away, wasteful and uncaring society is unhelpful in all things environmental—a classic understatement.
The controversial fossil fuel lifestyle was designed by, and for the egos and benefit of the corporate rich. It is promoted by fossilized minds which detest the concept of free energy and clean technology. It has been exacerbated by greedy corporate ideology enabled by the self-entitled, narrow-minded, obscenely rich political realm at the expense of all other human beings and other life forms. An epic battle is long overdue.
The environment is suffocating for the lack of meaningful remedial action, gasping for the tiniest sign of hope. Species are disappearing at an unbelievable rate, never to be seen again. Unacceptable, says Pope Francis. Climate change is real, the earth is heating, make no mistake about it, time is of the essence, and the rich and powerful simply do not care. The mind-set is tuned to greed and profit, even though, strangely, there is much more profit to be gained by changing to clean technology.
*Note to Self: Each small step toward remediation and and change in societal direction requires will-power and miracles—political miracles to be specific. Commitment, Jebbie! Actual thinking for yourself. Actual doing. Actually taking responsibility.
**Note 2 to Self: How unlikely. How sad for humanity.
Pope Francis is right, the process of environmental healing must begin, no matter how many uber- rich politicians promise political miracles and indignantly scream objections, fearing economic change and loss of both political influence and tax havens.
Let us be realistic. Agreement on the necessity of controlling the corporate sector enough reclaim the environment would be a political miracle. Finding politicians honest enough to act with that goal in mind might be closer to the Godly variety.
Let us willfully declare our commitment to civilization and our humanity. Let us not cop out to garner the favour of fossilized, rich political naysayers. Time is running out, whether or not we believe the controversial words of Pope Francis.
What do YOU think?
Is that Incoming I hear?