Monday, August 04, 2008

The colour of complexity

I have long claimed that little that's green can only be viewed in black and white.

Perhaps now the time has arrived to work and appreciation of red in to the picture?

Greens: Abandon economic growth to beat CO2 offshoring

Since the first passionate debates in my mid-teens, through Uni and beyond, I have always envied those who latched on to a noble cause, sought and often gained glory (and now nice careers) by being very single minded in (usually) being just against something.

I don't know if it is a curse, but I have always tended to look beyond the core issue, and certainly have got in a tangle as a consequence.

Which can of course also affect the arguments often put forward by some proponents: 'As to how that should be done, Bond was reluctant to give specifics.'

It's all well and good saying 'how awful...' and there is some legitimacy in saying 'this is bad; we need to stop...', but frankly having nice little jobs (involving using a lot of the toys 'progress' has generated, because, well, that's different... it's their jobs. As opposed to the ones we do, apparently) just lurking in these areas without coming up with much by way of credible alternative seems frankly parasitic at best.

And I do wonder at the value of all of this, at least in this form, as it seems to exist in a bubble occupied mainly occupied by the usual suspects from the various extremes who seem to have carved lucrative niches taking each other on, and more often than not way over the head, and hence engagement of the general public.

I am not saying that much of what is being raised doesn't need to be, but do concern myself at the sanctimonious pedestal mounters that think they are the key ones who need to do so.

Indy - NEW - The WMD that really should be worrying us - By way of... I'm not sure what, actually.

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