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"an inconvenient truth"

@ long last, i got partial control of ye olde family netflix queue, so the docs are rolling in. i'm very late on this, but go immediately and watch this movie. it's one of the best i've ever seen.

and if that's not enough to quench your appetite, eugene jarecki's film is great, too. neither film is bitter or self-righteous, a la "bowling for columbine" or "farenheit 9/11" (both of which i liked, but moore is too caustic and cocksure to spearhead any sort of real grassroots change).

something gore said moved me (xtns would say "the holy spirit convicted me") when i heard it: doing something about the issue of global warming isn't just a good thing to do, it's a moral obligation. (i got the same feeling of "i'm going to have to answer to god for this someday" when i saw all the civilian casualties in jarecki's film). i don't know for sure what to do, but i know i have to do something, as inconsequential as that may be. i owe my children, and god, that much.

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  • At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Jeremy Pryor said…

    Right on Sammy. I got this documentary from Netflix last week as well and I think making this a discussion of morality is the ONLY way to really engage Christians. We certainly need to do something about this.

    I don't know if you've seen the TV series 30 Days (out on Netflix) but I'd HIGHLY recommend it. The episode "Off the Grid" takes 2 people from NY and puts them in a community that is off the grid.

    One of the most difficult things I find in these discussions is WHAT are we supposed to actually DO about this. In that epidsode they plugged all these variables from their daily life into a computer program to see how many earths would have to exist for everyone on Earth to live their lifestyle. As the program progressed they were attempting to decrease the impact their lifestyle had on the environment to one Earth.

    An interesting idea...

  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger sammy said…

    sounds interesting. i like morgan spurlock a lot. i haven't seen many episodes of 30 days, but after having seen "supersize me" renee' and i decided to watch the 1st ep. when it came on a couple of years ago. of the handful of eps i've seen, it's still my favorite (he and his girlfriend try to get by on minimum wage for a month).

    the "what to do" issue is always startling. one of the things i liked about "an inconvenient truth" was how it interspersed the credits with suggestions about what individuals can do, from live kyoto-compliant lives and reduce individual carbon emissions, to "pray." i want our family to start doing something instead of being paralyzed by the immensity of the problems of climate change and war. although altering one family's lifestyle may not make a real dent in the problems, i still think we should act sacramentally and live by principles of the kingdom of god w/ an eye toward bringing that kingdom in.

  • At 11:22 AM, Blogger sammy said…

    one more thing -- my next book after my ordination exams in january is wendell berry's the unsettling of america. his thoughts about how individuals must take responsibility for our "proxies" is appealing to me (xtianity today has a short review of berry that broaches the subject @ http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/november/32.60.html). if you've read the book, or if you get around to it before me, let me know what you think.


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