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Delayed blog post - a quote

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9/11/2010 -- Delayed blog post - a quote

Sorry I had to backdate this blog post; today's actually already the 26th, but I had been out of town without (much) internet connection ... So here quite late a quote which came to mind, after all this media coverage about a Florida "pastor" with his Koran/Quran-burning plans, and subsequent threats from the other side to burn bibles. Of course, the following quote is much older than this story, but fits perfectly.

"This is our values. WE fight, WE kill, WE risk our lives for things we believe in... Imagine going into Mecca, walk up to the black stone and spit on it. See how far you get. You're not going to get very far. You're going to be torn to pieces. Walk into Jerusalem, walk up to that wailing wall with a pick axe, start whacking away. See how far you're going to get, somebody is going to put a bullet in your back. And everybody will say you deserved it. Walk into the Vatican with a hammer, start smashing a few statues. See how far you're going to get. Not very far. But each and every day, ya know, people go into the most beautiful, most profoundly sacred cathedrals of this planet, the rainforests of the Amazonia, the redwood forests of California, the rainforests of Indonesia, and totally desecrate & destroy these cathedrals with bulldozers, chainsaws - and how do we respond to that? Oh, we write a few letters and protest; we dress up in animal costumes with picket signs and jump up and down; but if the rainforests of Amazonia and redwoods of California were as, or had as much value to us as a chunk of old meteorite in Mecca, a decrepit old wall in Jerusalem or a piece of old marble in the Vatican, we would literally rip those pieces limb from limb for the act of blasphemy that we're committing but we won't do that because nature is an abstraction, wilderness is an abstraction. It has no value in our anthropocentric world where the only thing we value is that which is created by humans."
(Paul Watson)

Isn't that strange? Books and people's believes are more important - and more newsworthy - to us than the wellbeing of this planet and the reality of its dismantling.

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