"An industrial capitalist society that does not recognize ecological limits but only perpetual economic expansion and has the profit motive as driver, will eventually consume and destroy itself."
"But we will all be taken down with it."
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The first obligation of religion is to maintain the sense of the value of human beings. If you had to summarize the Old Testament, the summary would be: stop doing this to yourselves. But it is not in our nature to stop harming ourselves. We don’t behave consistently with our own dignity or with the dignity of other people. The Bible reiterates this endlessly.
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But seriously folks, this is the craziest thing I've read in, like, months.
What's interesting to me is this quote from the boy's father, farther down in the article: "'This accident was truly a mystery to me,' said Bizilj, director of emergency medicine at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford, Conn. 'This is a horrible event, a horrible travesty, and I really don't know why it happened.'"
It's his use of the word "travesty" that I find fascinating. Obviously, he meant to use the word "tragedy" and to say that his son's death was very unfortunate. But by misspeaking and using the word "travesty," he's said that his son's death is a parody or mockery. That's fascinating to me as unintentional irony because, in my view, his son's death is a mockery of the supposed benefits of individual ownership of automatic firearms.
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