As the world celebrates Earth Day, that term has become a bit ominous. Alas, healthy environmentalism is devolving into an increasingly anti-human movement that could end up costing the human race dearly. I have a piece on the matter in today’s NRO called ” Homo Sapiens, Get Lost ,” that illustrates how the anti-human values of Deep Ecology are invading the popular culture. From my piece:
It is tempting to roll one’s eyes and dismiss Deep Ecology’s anti-humanism as merely the kook fringe being the kook fringe. Alas, as in a Michael Crichton novel, the values of Deep Ecology have escaped the hothouse where they were expected to remain confined and invaded the popular culture, to the point where Hollywood has promoted the movement’s anti-human beliefs in major motion pictures.
I discuss the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still , in which the alien is not sent here, as in the original to save humankind from itself, but to obliterate us to “save the planet,” as well as The Happening , in which the earths’ flora rebel against the human hegemony.
These are just movies, one might say. But our motion pictures often depict the values, if not of the general population, then certainly of the liberal elite who control the power institutions of our society.
Radical environmentalism that rejects human exceptionalism won’t save the planet, but it could cause a great deal of harm to humankind. It is being force fed to your children, in part, by the movies coming soon to a theater near you.
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