Later this fall Pope Francis is scheduled to address the U.S. Congress, most likely on the subject of the environmental conservation. That's fine. Not much anybody can say against the idea. As California burns and many islands feel the slow encroachment of the sea along their beaches, and species go extinct every day, unless there's a drastic change in consciousness a global catastrophe is imminent.

But wait a minute. Pope Francis is the last one to be pontificating (literally) on environmentalism. Upstart senators and representatives should stand together and yell, “Hypocrite, after what the Catholic orthodoxy has done to the world, how do you have the audacity to stand there and tell us that? Take a long, objective look at history. Your delusional belief system has driven generation after generation completely mad. As pope do you not encourage 'be fruitful and multiply' and 'subdue the Earth.'? Do you not tell people they'll go to hell if they use artificial birth control? No wonder human history is so pathetic with war and misery in every generation. Can you name any two neighboring countries that have never gone to war with each other?”

For us to take you seriously you have to repudiate your etched-in-stone orthodoxy. We need an old- fashioned book burning where Bibles from all over the city are thrown in with a feisty 'good riddance.' You believe in the Book of Revelation, don't you? You believe Christ and his four horsemen and the rest of the bum LSD trip described by St. John the Divine? What sense does it make to preserve the our beautiful planet? You tell people Christ is going to destroy it anyway, and that thought has caused horrible abuses. Make sense, will ya, Francis. Why would you want the world to be preserved? So God will get a bigger kick out of destroying something beautiful?

You can lecture us all you want; we'll listen. But first you have to renounce your entire belief system, above all your “End of Days” nonsense because the belief increases the chance of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Organize a massive Bible Burn. You can borrow my cigarette lighter.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2015 at 1:04pm

Sadly, Rich, your photo didn't come through. 

Relating to your story of the wasps provides a good example of group behavior. It is true, Homo sapiens is a social animal and behaves differently when in a group than individually. That may explain the behaviors of those in KKK, for example, or some whites during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. 

Comment by Rich Goss on September 14, 2015 at 12:32pm

I think what has to happen is humans accept that they are animals that grew out of nature. The Prime Directive is the force of all life—self preservation and reproduction as much as possible.  But territoriality is an outgrowth of the latter.  The more land one possesses the more babies. 

To show how strong this force is, I was just in my back yard and came across a wasp hive.  If I would have disturbed it I would have had to jump in the canal. (That's the canal in back of my home in the picture to the left.) The suicidal violence of the wasps shows how strong the urge is.  Individual wasps don't even care about their own lives. Reason has to trump violence like spades in a bridge game. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2015 at 7:11pm

Rich, that fits with what I have learned and observed. All these terrible wars and unresolved conficts that come with trying to settle disagreements with violence come back to bite us in our backs. 

Eisler proposes a "Partnership Way" that involves learning how to solve problems and conficts so that there is a higher probability of a win/win solution. 

Comment by Rich Goss on September 13, 2015 at 5:06pm

Joan, better not tell that to Barbara Walker.  Your father should have studied biology a little longer.  Three quarters of all sex chromosomes are female.  There are many species where almost the entire population is female.  If you see a worker bee canvassing for nectar, it's not probably a sterile female, IT IS a sterile female.  Many butterfly species are 99% female and most species of parrots are lesbian where the male's reproductive responsibilities are short and sweet.  In birds males have the beautiful voices and plumage, but it's the female that calls the tune.

Barbara blames the agricultural revolution for the male domination.  Humans switched from a nurturing female fertility goddess to a domineering, patriarchal Mafia god. Farming brought on private property and that's where our species turned violent. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2015 at 1:48pm

Rich, I asked my father where he got the authority to beat my mother. He said it is the way of nature, males' violence against females is natural. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2015 at 1:46pm

That is a great criteria, Gerald. My criteria is when a woman leads the Roman Catholic Church and denounces the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and when they let go of promises of heaven and threats of hell.

I guess I will be long dead and decomposed before that happens.  

Comment by Gerald Payne on September 13, 2015 at 12:37pm

When Francis starts dishing out the condoms, and not until then, will I believe he's serious about environmentalism. Until then he's a joyriding hypocrite.

Comment by Rich Goss on September 13, 2015 at 12:17pm
"Oh! How I wish Francis would leave his hands off human sexuality."

Here's an interesting take on this. There's no denying internal fertilization is an animal act. We observe it in all life evolved beyond the level of frogs as animals moved inland and overcame the need for water as a gamete medium. It's an essential part of being a mammal.

I remember reading a story by the French master Marcel Pagnol called La Femme de Boulanger. The baker made a reference to humans having a similarity to some barn animals and the priest jumped on his like he was using the F-word. “Humans are not animals,” and to even suggest otherwise was a social blunder. Humans are the image of God, right?

So sex being a needed part of the animal survival has to be regulated to extreme limits. Religious people can't even talk about it in polite society. In church orthodoxy every pleasurable aspect of sex is deemed sinful. Catholic kids in college aren't allowed any part of it, not even masturbation. Only married couples can indulge but only for reproduction. According to the Holiness Code only the missionary position is allowed and for the sole purpose of making babies. Babies are the key because only through them can the religion survive from one generation to the next. Everything else will send you to hell.

The irony is that, according to Robin Baker's Sperm Wars, The Science of Sex, mankind is naturally “serially monogamous”. Sperm cells are specialized much like the class of insects Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, termites and ants). Only a small percentage of spermatozoa is capable of fertilization. Just as in termites, most sperms cells are “soldier cells” whose function it is to prevent other male gametes from entering the cervical os.

So with tight family structure humans are living against their natural instincts. “Coveting your neighbor's wife” is quite normal but your local priest will throw a conniption if a male parishioner even mentions it.

It's really sad the way these bums have paracitized humanity over the ages. I guess they just took advantage of how ignorant the populace was and still is. All people had to do was tell the pope like the Italian lady in the old joke: You noa playa a game; you noa a makea da rules. To my mind, church officials have manipulated human sexuality and societal mores so as insure the best possible transmission of their belief system from one generation to the next. The happiness and well-being of the individual means nothing.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2015 at 4:25pm

Oh! How I wish Francis would leave his hands off human sexuality. What a disaster his beliefs and the Roman Catholic church's beliefs have harmed humans and the Earth!

Comment by Gerald Payne on September 12, 2015 at 2:44pm

Hypocrisy is the word Joan. I wonder when he'll advocate birth control as a means of steadying the pressure on world resources?

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