To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to
skin an exhaust the land instead of using it to increase its
usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our
children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand
down to them -- President Theodore Roosevelt, Message to
Congress, December 1907.
The natural man has only two primal passions,
to get and to beget.
William Osler, sage and doctor, from Science and Immortality,
As crude a weapon as the caveman's club, the
chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.
Rachael Carson, Silent Spring, 1962.©
It was an Irish theologian who set the date of
creation at 4004 BC, 'upon the entrance of the night preceding
Sunday 23 October'. James Ussher was Protestant primate of
Ireland in the seventeenth century and also archbishop of Armagh,
where his cathedral crowned a drumlin...shaped beneath the ice
sheet of Ireland's last glaciation.
© from Michael Viney's
Ireland, ch 2, Fire and Ice.
In fact, Ireland's last ice age was most
complete about 15,000 years before Ussher's carefully researched
date of creation.
Does it matter that we mock Ussher with
science to hand?
Or should we beware that science becomes religion?
Can we get too certain that science is always right?
That is a
Planet Technopolitana question.
generations and the
future:: my son, Elwyn Gladstone & my grandson, Arthur Beare,
Pic Aneto, Spanish Pyrenees, 2015