Friday, October 12, 2007

Nobel Peace Prize

Well, the Nobel Peace Prize just completely lost, in my mind, any credibility or value I might have once attributed to it.

11 comments:

Jokester said...

His acceptance speech:

"I thank the academy, I thank the local FM lodge, I thank pollution"

Anonymous said...

You should probably read about the origins of the Nobel Peace Prize. You will realize that it is an oxymoron to begin with.

TheGodFearinFiddler said...

Isn't it named for the guy who invented dynamite?

Phil Snider said...

To be very fair, Nobel did invent dynamite, but felt remorse over the dammage it was doing, so we get the Peace prize.

As for Al Gore, I really don't have a serious problem with this because, whether he is right or wrong with the direness of his predictions, he is right to call attention to whether we are able to sustain this level of industrialization without causing dammage to our environment. Sure, we, as stewards of this earth from God, should pay attention to that question and not dismiss it out of hand.

Peace,
Phil

TheGodFearinFiddler said...

I don't dismiss it out of hand for a second. I love nature more than Gore does and I consume less energy in a year than he does in a few days.

You wont find anyone who loves nature more than me. I grew up on 75 acres of farm land and good North Carolina forest with even a few acres of old-growth forest two creeks and a pond. I spent 95% of my childhood in those forests coming in only to sleep and eat.

But this isn't Gore's mission. Gore puts plants above people. He is a hypocrite (see his multi-million dollar mansion that consumes as much energy as my meager neighborhood) and all he does is work to turn people's attention from the eternal to the temporal.

Thats really what this all boils down to. Environmental activism isn't so bad in itself, it's just that its (generally) such a heinous misappropriation of focus that one must be very careful in endorsing.

That said, I'm all for certain government restrictions and mandates concerning pollution (but within reason).

Anonymous said...

Phil,

What do you think of this article?

TheGodFearinFiddler said...

Great article. They nailed it on the head.

Thos said...

At the risk of sounding critical, the Prize should have had no credibility left to lose since it's having been awarded to Yasar Arafat.

In the True Peace of Christ,
Thos.

TheGodFearinFiddler said...

Thos - You're right. I just read that.

Phil Snider said...

Let's remember, folks, that the Nobel prize is purely a secular award. It take no consideration of one's theological/religous views. I personally don't agree with Gore on a lot of things, but I don't think we can doubt that, exagerrations and all, Inconvenient Truth, has had an extraordinary impact on the public consciousness worldwide which has sparked debate. I know his claims are extreme and I don't condone that, but the movie isn't a scientific movie, it is a political movie. In that realm, it has done some good.

The thing is that Al Gore is a man, so there are things to praise him about and things to criticize him. I just dont' think we need to reject the good he is doing because we find other elements of his thinking unhelpful or dangerous.

Peace,
Phil

TheGodFearinFiddler said...

The only reference point I have to calling something "good" is in the context that Christianity uses it in. In that context, I don't know of any "good" Gore has done.

Aside from him doing absolutely nothing for world peace - he promotes the murder of unborn children by his left wing views as the article pointed out..

You can't go around demeaning the value of human life, turn around and say "industry is causing global warming" and then be called "good".

Well I mean I guess you can... and I guess you can win an award for it (apparently). Just don't expect me to have an ounce of respect that reward ever again.