January 26, 2007
Enabling the flatulence of flat-screen swine
As I remarked in a previous post, I loved the new Barajas airport in Madrid. So much, in fact, that I had my picture taken there:
I was, of course, very upset when I read it had been bombed by Basque terrorists. That's because not only do I hate it when terrorists kill people, I also hate it when they destroy beautiful things. I think such terrorist acts are patently immoral.
Yet I must always remember that for other people, even beautiful things like the Barajas Airport are patently immoral.
I kid you not.
This morning Justin told me about this essay by a man who saw the same beautiful new airport, but had a very different reaction. Massive, self-consuming, guilt:
One minute I was admiring Richard Rogers' gorgeous roof, and the play of light upon curves.Get that, folks? Air conditioning is evil! Being comfortable is evil.
And of course the United States is the most evil place of all:
Eight per cent of the world's total electricity supply is used to cool buildings in the United States.You think air conditioning is evil? Did you know that many of you -- my readers -- are so greedy that you are reading these very words on a flat screen monitor?
And did you know that by staring into that flat screen monitor, you are ruining the world? I thought not. But it's the truth.
And therefore, shame on you!
Then there was the light! There was a bank of large plasma screens. On the screens, ads were playing - but all I could think about was their greed for electricity.This goes on and on, and while it's easy to dismiss the man as a fanatic, I think that he's a proponent (for all I know he's a victim too....) of an emergent, recently manufactured morality I complained of in an earlier post.
I hate to belabor a point I think is all too obvious, but I thought my readers of the flat-screened persuasion ought to know.
You people are evil, energy-swilling swine!
You are destroying the planet!
And by writing blog posts, I am little more than an enabler.
Isn't it obvious that from a collective standpoint, we're worse than the terrorists?
UPDATE: A scientist I am not. But as a firm believer in scientific morality, I thought it might be worth taking a close look at this screen shot from today's Drudge Report:
Isn't it a little irresponsible of Drudge to show a man freezing his butt off in front of a flat screen monitor?
Because, not only are flat screen monitors ruining the planet, but the image itself -- why, I can't imagine a more blatant depiction of immoral warmth, of hotness, even! The most sinister aspect of this depiction is its cleverly seductive, inherently self-advocating nature. (People who don't know any better might be tricked into imagining that evil is good.) It's a sickening example of what I can only call triple immorality!
posted by Eric on 01.26.07 at 11:15 AM
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