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  1. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    You're seeing intention where there is just a little hysteria. The glaciers are melting, you can find pictures online comparing them over the course of some years. I don't think this is down to "media executives", some dogma journalists are being forced to disseminate, it's things people are...
  2. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    Sorry, but I think you are confusing the newspapers' general tendency to hysteria with an intentional lie.
  3. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    Maybe I have a slightly less optimistic vision of things. Yes, I do think there is some reason to be troubled by what is going on with the climate, I don't think it is quite so prosaic as simply natural cycles. It seems to me quite intuitive that burning oil would cause some kind of alteration...
  4. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    So does nobody else feel that the weather is changing? Here it seems we haven't really had a summer this year, while a year or two back there were temperature records set. I think Tidal might have a point (for once) as well - how do you explain glaciers melting?
  5. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    Yes, ok. I get that this thing is being co-opted, that much is pretty clear. But the "grassroots" ecological movement also exists, it is anti-corporate, and generally anti-capitalist. I think it comes down to the question of revolution vs reform. The powers that be, the corporations etc, want to...
  6. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    I don't think so. The idea of reducing population isn't something all environmentalists are into. Sure, there probably is some influence from various forces with their own dark agenda, is there is in just about every movement you can think of. This doesn't negate the validity of the movement and...
  7. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    In relation to the thing about grassfed cattle, there's a prominent meat-eating environmentalist named Lierre Keith who advocates returning to grassfed cattle agriculture. She also thinks that the earth can only support 600 million people, which so far as I understand is what many people think...
  8. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    There's not enough space for grassfed cattle, given the amount of meat people eat and the population. The thing you mentioned about the long intestines is also true, we also have various other features suggesting we are not obligate carnivores (our teeth, for example). I know people who are...
  9. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    Well it's the corporations who are doing most of the polluting. I'd say that before giving up a car, which is unfortunately quite necessary for life at the present time, we should stop eating meat, which is really very easy. All animal products in fact, though I say this with some hypocrisy as...
  10. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    I think the geoengineering thing is a pretty far-fetched explanation. This whole thing of denying it is just a dialectical operation to stop people from rallying around a cause which would cause big changes to structures of power. It would require a huge conspiracy not just of elites and their...
  11. shankara

    Facing the Reality of Climate Change

    Will there be, “a new heaven, and a new earth” after this one is destroyed? Perhaps, but we cannot afford to rely on it. Really, it is a nice sort of idea, that everything will be renewed and made good by the end of society as we know it. But it is just an idea, a dream, a philosophical vision...
  12. shankara

    God already planned our lives, and we are merely just going along with the script. What say you?

    Well I think that Karma is a very different idea to Predestination. We basically experience the reactions of our past deeds ripening in various ways, be it in this life or future lives. Perhaps if we are on a very low level of personal development we could remain in a certain sense slaves of...
  13. shankara

    God already planned our lives, and we are merely just going along with the script. What say you?

    Predestination is a pretty central doctrine of Protestantism. Calvinists even believe that God predestins those who go to hell to eternal suffering before they are even born.
  14. shankara

    Why do people like the idea of vengeance/punishment/retribution?

    So you believe the Dvaita superior to the Advaita? I was once very interested in a certain popular school of Dvaita, in the end I found them to be rather too fundamentalist and dogmatic. There are things which attract me about the Advaita at present, though I think this is coming through my...
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    Why do people like the idea of vengeance/punishment/retribution?

    Sleepy "nothingness"? Well I certainly don't see Parabrahman that way, that's a very western kind of view, sounds like the projections of the Christian orientalists when they encountered a philosophy they simply weren't equipped culturally and intellectually to understand. You say you can quote...
  16. shankara

    Brand Names and Sweatshops

    There still remains the question of whether society improves people or makes them worse. Capitalism degenerates people, aside from actually making us all addicts of one thing or another, it fosters jealousy and competition, puts power in the hands of corporations (soulless entities, led by...
  17. shankara

    Brand Names and Sweatshops

    They are both. The question is simply whether society makes them better or worse.
  18. shankara

    Brand Names and Sweatshops

    Well I'm certainly not a Marxist, I agree with what he said about ownership of the means of production, beyond that I'm skeptical. I think that Europe is functioning a lot better than the USA in many respects, I'm happy to live in a country with free at the point of service healthcare and good...
  19. shankara

    The Real Hero and Heroine of the Garden of Eden Story

    I found this a very interesting read. I think that the story has a few layers of meaning, and a number of possible valid interpretations. I'm not so into all the Kabbalistic stuff these days, so I can't really comment on this side of what you're saying. But thankyou for not just posting the same...
  20. shankara

    Brand Names and Sweatshops

    I'm moving this discussion from the "Garden of Eden" thread, as it's more relevant here. I think that people are definitely potentially better than they are under the current system. Encouraging jealousy and competition is destructive towards the better tendencies of human beings. We...
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