Dying for Our Sins
For the rest of my life, anytime I go somewhere in a car, or use petroleum-based products, I’m going to carry in my heart the image of this little guy, dying for my sins:
In many ways, this image is the highest expression of the values of Western Civilization. Ours is a philosophical worldview that values the ‘freedom’ and temporary comfort of individual consumers, corporations, and the abstract laws of capitalism over the natural laws of the God whose body is the material cosmos and whose breath is the eternal life that takes the form of all of us temporal, fleeting beings.
More than an environmental, economic, or political crisis, I believe that the crisis that has manifested itself as the Gulf Coast oil spill is a spiritual one. I do not see how any thinking, feeling human being could look at images like this one without coming to the conclusion that our entire way of life is the ultimate blasphemy.
Make no mistake: the gods that are invoked to justify our human-centered cosmos are demons.