To the Editor,
By running the rant from the Comox Valley Record (The future they’ll inherit, Editorial, July 5) were you expressing support for their anti-industrial theme?
The condemnative wording, “burning their oil, polluting their water…wrecking their planet” shows a mind thoroughly green-washed. Reading the book, The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley would give an antidote and an honest perspective as to how conditions in the world have improved rather than deteriorated, mainly due to industrialisation.
And there’s little excuse for editorial writers to be so deluded. Eliminating an industrial society would remove the very computers, the cameras, the printing presses and the paper to carry their mistaken ideas. Alas, people who lack a commitment to reason will deliver contradictions.
I do agree that we are leaving an impoverished legacy to the young, but it has only to do with education and finance.
The radical environmentalism in our education system largely teaches that recycling is holy and mankind is the most destructive species on this earth. As such, should we be surprised to see psychological problems in our youth?
Between those who are silent and those who strive to live off the productivity of others, doing all they can to avoid becoming productive themselves, there are few people left.
Top that off with the widespread belief that only by adding greater numbers of young workers to pay for the services the retires demand, then yes, we are destroying the legacy.
Rather than ‘wrecking their planet’ we are wrecking man’s economic world. We could leave a better future but it has nothing to do with burning oil.