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October 24, 2016

The True Power of Evolution vs. the False “Omnipotence” of Hubris

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1. The Pope’s letter against corporate industrial agriculture on World Food Day includes his denunciation of those who “believe they are omnipotent, or able to ignore the cycles of the seasons and to improperly modify the various animal and plant species, leading to the loss of variety that, if it exists in nature, has and must have its role.”
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This is a good brief description of the evolution denialism of the GM cultists, how one of their core cult faiths is that engineers can lift themselves out of the framework of natural evolution, leap over all its processes and safeguards, and superimpose their own anti-evolved, non-contexted product over the entire globe in minimal time, without the results being disastrous.
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We see the fundamental affinity of the two classical types of evolution denier, religion-based creationists and scientism-based creationists. Both concur that nature is chaotic and ineffective left to itself, and that a god is needed to “create” and guide it. The only difference is whether one believes this creator god preceded and designed nature itself, or whether this god is supposed to come along later, via technology, to re-“create” nature and give “intelligent design” to the preceding alleged chaos.
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Both types are equally unscientific and anti-scientific. Of course the technocratic type has vastly more power and is doing infinitely more damage.
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2. The letter refers to how “genetic selection of a quality of plant may produce impressive results in terms of yield”. This is true of conventional breeding but should not be misunderstood as true of genetic engineering, which has not and cannot increase yield. In truth all industrial yield increases have come from conventional breeding and the profuse flow of fossil fuels. And yet acre for acre agroecology outproduces industrial agriculture even now in terms of calories and nutrition, i.e. in terms of producing food for human beings. Only by commodity metrics is corporate industrial production greater.
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That’s only for today, while the cheap oil is still flowing. The moment that fails, industrial agriculture will collapse.
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3. The letter includes the necessary call to action. “A mere evaluation is not sufficient”, but “it is necessary to act politically, and therefore to make the necessary decisions, to discourage or promote certain behaviours and lifestyles, for the sake of the new generations and those to come. Only in this way can we preserve the planet.” And this political organization and action cannot come first or last through established institutions, but by “those who are engaged in work…those who are in direct contact” with the Earth. It means, first and last, we the people, building the New City of the Ecotrinity in cooperation with God.
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Thus we shall undergo the true natural evolution in political organization as well, overcoming the hubris and “omnipotence” of the failed conventional political ideas and forms.
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