Re: Life Duty Death
Marty G. Price (mprice@Ra.MsState.Edu)
Mon, 11 Sep 1995 09:08:39 -0500
On Mon, 11 Sep 1995, Joseph Askew wrote:
> >> We are
> >>not even dying. On the contrary we are richer, happier,
> >>longer lived, better educated, with more leisure time
> >>than at any time in the past. Deal with it.
> >Actually we have all this at the expense of our environment.
> No we do not. We have it with our environment.
> I suggest you do better than that and just look
> around you.
[Much snipping of long exchange.]
I *was* here in 1970 (and for about 18 years before that). I *have*
*looked* *around*. I have watched scarcity creep into this "land of
plenty." I have watched population pressures and bad crop years cause
problems in the less developed world such as we believed, in 1965, were
I have looked around. I have seen the growing environmental degradation,
just as I have seen the kind of INTENSE governmental regulations and
pressures, not to mention economic outlay, it took to clean up the
mine-ruined streams of central West Virginia (I lived there & I was
My impressions have been corroborated by bioscientists from across the
spectrum (Wilson, who wrote the great popular book on our growing mass
extinction, never had a reputation as either a flaming liberal or a tree
hugger---these are conservative, establishment people noting these problems).
Mr. Askew, if you are writing from a different planet than the rest of us
live on (Earth, circling a star some 3 light years from Alpha Centuri),
please confine your posts to your own planet. If, however, you are
writing from this planet: WAKE UP (sorry to shout, but you appear to be
sleeping); look around; discover what is going on in the world instead of
what a few paid shills of certain destructive interests tell you.
Otherwise, be quiet---this planet has serious problems to deal with; I
would like it to continue to support human life when my children have
grandchildren. Realistic solutions are difficult, and you, in your
ignorance, are standing in the way.
[Argue values, argue priorites, argue all such things---it is good. But
damn it, man, don't lie about the facts (not even through ignorance).
Please, don't deny that the sun appears to rise from the direction we
refer to as "East."]