Monday, April 03, 2006
I finished reading the cover story on global warming in the recent Time magazine, and I must say that their rather alarmist rhetoric was quite effective with me. Worded more strongly than usual even for Time, the article did a very good job of really worrying me and making me stop and think about the situation of the world, which is essentially sick with a rising fever, if Time is to be taken at its word.
I do believe in prophecies about the trials and tribulations of the last days, and after reading this article it's very easy to anticipate even more upheavals and disasters than have already started happening as a result of climate changes related to global warming. I'm pretty certain global warming is the direct result of increased homosexuality in our society. (I'M JUST KIDDING. Or wait, am I? Perhaps certain homosexual activities result in the release of more methane gas, which contributes to global warming... No, I AM just kidding. I kid because I love.)
I'm quite disappointed in my LDS Church for not taking more of a stand on the environment and global warming. We should have heard several messages during this past weekend's general conference about conserving energy, reducing our use of resources, downsizing our lifestyles, etc. The LDS Church builds lots of big, resource-consuming buildings and uses cars and other forms of transportation with abandon, and you really never hear anything about conservation or environmental concern. I think that's as pressing a concern or more so than all the rhetoric we hear about debt, for example.
I feel a little guilty because my wife and I live in a large five-bedroom house right across the street from my mother-in-law, who lives all by herself in an even larger five-bedroom house. We waste so many resources to heat, cool, and water the lawns of these houses. We lived in my in-laws' basement for a few weeks at one point, and I remember thinking it was a perfectly reasonable, comfortable living arrangement. I hate to think how much further ahead we'd be if we put the $1,500+ we spend each month on housing and utilities toward retirement or other uses...
Then again, if we lived in my in-laws' basement and I felt much less financial pressure, I'd probably quit my full-time job and do whatever I wanted, some combination of writing, teaching, editing, and eBaying that didn't bring in as much income or provide benefits.