There is a destructive hubris, a fearful arrogance, in that myth. It sets us apart from nature, except to dominate it. It misses both the grace and the moral depth of knowing that humans have only the same stake, the same right, in the Earth as every other creature that has ever lived here. There is a righteousness - a responsibility - in the deep, ancestral origins we share with all of life.
It's really bad, children. Christian Radicals make us the joke of the civilized world. It's bad enough that the U.S. has the death penalty and Neanderthal healthcare, but being plain STUPID DUMB IDIOTS ... jeez. How long will we allow our brains to be hijacked by these well-financed troglodytes? Somehow, 45% of us believing the world was created like Genesis says, and us being plagued by obesity, and us having cosmetic surgery on our vaginas — perhaps even us making "pre-emptive" war on a country as non-threatening as Iraq — it all seems connected.
I don't know how, but I instinctively feel it does. Maybe on a more basic level than the obvious one, which is that of sheer dumb-assery.
What might this level be? The unstoppable march of a collective dumbing down, fueled by the profits to be made out of a know-nothing, buy-anything citizenry? Jingoistic pride in the total oblivion of ignorance? Countless decades of commodity fetishism, which make a few of us materially rich, and the rest of us culturally deprived?
There really is a failure of education in our country. We are raising a greedy elite on the one hand, and an exceedingly stupid peasantry on the other.
Our airwaves are full of dumbass propaganda, like the local Pravda we call Fox News, lapped up by us average folks, and manufactured for us by elitists like Rupert Murdoch.
We eat shit, we watch shit, we think shit. Are we, among the industrialized nations, the biggest consumers of shit? Yes, we appear to be. Where else do 45% of the people think the world was created according to that scientific book Genesis?
Protestant Christianity, a religion that served us so well (much better than Catholicism served South America), a religion that made us a nation of hard-working, Yankee-ingenuity starters-up of many new things — has it metastisized into something weird and anti-American? Will it lock-step us into a future that will keep us from stem cell research, so we end up having to buy our science from India and Korea?