Happy Earth Day From Moses

charlton_heston_mosesI’m trying very hard to do my part on Earth Day 2009!  I’m using double the paper at work and pumping gas during daylight hours.

OK, I really don’t care much about Earth Day because I think every day is Earth Day.  The real environmentalists are the ones that know that no matter what we do, we can’t kill the earth.  The best we can do is take care of what we have but don’t take things to an extreme that take us back to the 12th century (hmmm…sounds like the Middle East).

Following is an excellent oration (well, transcript) from Charlton Heston.  He read this passage from Michael Crichton’s prologue of Jurassic Park on the Rush Limbaugh show in 1995.  I think this says a lot although I would dispute the age and origins of the earth.    

 

You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There’s been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on millions of years, great dynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away — all this against a background of continuous and violent upheaval. Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckling to make mountains over millions of years.

Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in Arctic ice. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would spread again. The evolutionary process would begin again. It might take a few billion years for life to regain its present variety. Of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears the earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It’s powerful energy. It promotes mutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many others will die out.

Do you think this is the first time that’s happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine. When oxygen was first produced as a waste product by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. A hundred years ago we didn’t have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can’t imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven’t got the humility to try. We’ve been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we’re gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.

 Happy Earth Day!

 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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Those Damn Dirty Apes Finally Won

This is not so much a rant. Today one of our greatest actors died at age 84. I’m talking about Charlton Heston.

He was in a string of great movies that included The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, El Cid and The Planet of the Apes. Another favorite movie of mine is Soylent Green – most people only know the line, “Soylent Green is People”. Very weird movie, but great none-the-less.
His body of work was very diverse and many actors today would not take the kind of risks he did. It seemed as if he just took every role and didn’t really care if anyone liked it or not. Fortunately for him, we liked a majority of his movies.
Later in life he became the grumpy old man with a gun in his affiliation with the NRA. I thought this was his greatest role and he was a perfect match.
Those damn dirty apes finally won.
Rob’s Rant