Det slutter aldri å fascinere meg i hvilken grad miljøproblemer kan få mennesker til å miste all kritisk sans. Ruth Gledhill siterer (den anglikanske) biskopen av Stafford, Gordon Mursell:
It’s easy to demonize Josef Fritzl. And it’s certainly hard to imagine a more monstrous or revolting crime. The publication of photographs showing him sunbathing in Thailand while his helpless daughter and several young children were locked in his basement is bound to make us ask: how could anyone do such a thing?
Josef Fritzl represents merely the most extreme form of a very common philosophy of life: I will do what makes me happy, and if that causes others to suffer, hard luck. In fact you could argue that, by our refusal to face the truth about climate change, we are as guilty as he is – we are in effect locking our children and grandchildren into a world with no future and throwing away the key. We are right to be disgusted at these crimes. But mere disgust is too convenient. There are lessons for all of us to learn.
Det er greit at vi i henhold til biskopens teologi alle er syndere og alt det der, men kanskje noen skulle minne ham om begrepet proporsjoner?
(Hele Mursells tale ligger ute på TimesOnline.)