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Since a good part of my life has been wasted dealing with fools just like them, it’s not worry I feel but weariness as I watch the approach of one more episode in the old, tired story of men who try to beat life, the smart ones who think they know it all and die with a look of surprise on their faces: at the final moment they always see the truth – they never really understood anything, never held anything in their hands. An old story, old and boring.
Like the ability of all the musicians to end the song at the right time. Or when it’s time for a chord change, but nobody knows what the chord should be, and you all, you know, it all just changes, magically, at the same time. It’s when you pick up your phone to call someone and that person is calling you.
The second reason to abandon environmental religion is more pressing. Religions think they know it all, but the unhappy truth of the environment is that we are dealing with incredibly complex, evolving systems, and we usually are not certain how best to proceed. Those who are certain are demonstrating their personality type, or their belief system, not the state of their knowledge.
Give me a hot coal glowing bright red, Give me an ember sizzling with heat, These are the jewels made from my beak. We fly between the flames and never get singed We plunge through the smoke and never cringe. The secrets of fire, its strange winds, its rages, We know it all as it rampages Through forests, through canyons, Up hillsides and down. We track it. We’ll find it. Take coals by the pound. We’ll yarp in the heart of the hottest flame Then bring back its coals an make them tame. For we are the colliers brave and beyond all We are the owls of the colliering chaw!