Not much that I can add to this….kinda says it all. I’m not totally what it says but it definitely says it all! 🙂
I never thought that the day would come when someone from England would be calling Australians whingers…but it seems it has. And I have to agree. Here we are getting all wound up about a Carbon Tax that we know nothing about… a fault of the Government I agree…when surely we should be waiting to see what it actually involves before we get too excited. And even if it does cost us something surely we must be prepared to pay something to provide a good future for our kids. Even the fact that the science is not 100% conclusive, though it seems pretty conclusive to me, should not stop us….I am about to pay $250 to protect a car worth $2000 against a series of events that are statistically less likely than climate change.
In the interests of fairness I’m going to declare my hand here…I think that climate change is real and that we are having something to do with it. Even John Christy, the climate scientist who is the poster child of the climate skeptics, admits that “It is scientifically inconceivable that after changing forests into cities, turning millions of acres into farmland, putting massive quantities of soot and dust into the atmosphere and sending quantities of greenhouse gases into the air, that the natural course of climate change hasn’t been increased in the past century.” And the fact that there are scientist who have a dissenting opinion shouldn’t really change anything. I don’t understand why people feel there is a need for total agreement on this when there is probably not a single scientific principle that scientists are in total agreement about. If you have a quick search of the net you will find that there is actually a wide spread of opinions on the effectiveness of chemotherapy in treating cancer but how many people are going to turn it down as a treatment?
And as for the ‘well yes, I agree that there is a problem but why should we act when no-one else is?’ argument…it just isn’t true. Even the US, who many would believe to be more skeptical than us, has carbon trading in place or going into place, in 13 states covering a total of 50 million people.
I have no problem with debate and I understand totally people will have concerns with a Carbon Tax, it is a big reform. Lets just base the argument on fact is alls I’m saying! 🙂
Do you like the Isaac Newton quote? Third law of motion as I recall…well, more like ‘as I just checked on Wikipedia’! 🙂 And it’s not really totally appropriate for this post anyway now that I think about it. But I digress. I have just started marking first assignment for the unit I am tutoring and, as always, I am reminded how much I hate sitting in judgement of people….when there are consequences involved and when they know I am doing it! 🙂
It got me to thinking though…how many of us would be so quick to rush to judgement on things if we had to directly confront the people involved in and affected by those judgements? How many of the people who say asylum seekers should be sent back would feel the same way if they met the people involved, heard their stories and then had to be the one to actually send that person back to their home country? Its pretty safe to pass judgement and demand action on things when you will never face the consequences of your actions.
Don’t worry, I’m not preaching or having a go at a particular group. I’m as guilty as the next person. I pass judgement on Liberal politicians without any real knowledge of who they are and what they really stand for. I pass judgement on celebrities based on what I read, see & hear in the media (and any reader of my blog will know how hypocritical that is given my opinion of our media! 🙂 ). And I pass judgement on the people who pass judgement on asylum seekers without any real understanding of why they feel the way they feel and think the way they think.
As the old Sioux Indian saying goes, Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked a mile in their moccasins. The more I write the more I realise that this is very much a ‘teaching you to suck eggs’ kinda post. But then again, as my old Phys Ed teacher used to say, why is it called common sense if no-one seems to have it. So saying it again probably won’t hurt! 😉