EARTH HOUR DAY: some positive and negative thoughts.
Today has been declared “Earth Hour Day”.
You are requested to turn off your lights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm as a symbolic act declaring your support for creating a cleaner, better, more just future.
Based, they say, on combating human-caused climate change.
Nothing wrong with turning off the lights for an hour.
You can say your prayers just as well in the dark.
Better, perhaps, as there will be fewer visible distractions.
For many people it is probably a long time since they last gave an hour to contemplating God.
Or spending an hour in any kind of quiet, reflective frame of mind.
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So the idea of a quiet hour of solitude in the dark is a good one.
But best find a different time to do it. Not tonight.
The 31 March Earth Hour is supported by activists like Julia Gillard, the World Wildlife Fund and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
That is a big worry.
These people don’t just want you to turn off your lights — they have policies in mind that will mean there are no lights to turn on.
They want to phase out coal-burning energy sources.
They make claims about the capabilities of solar energy, wind-energy and so forth which, at this stage of history, are pure imagination.
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To sum up, common sense suggests that we all switch our lights off regularly for the good of our mental and spiritual health.
But make sure they are ON this evening between 8.30 and 9.30.