Fanaticism is now our greatest peril
CLIMATE change and global warming are phrases that assault us all on a daily basis. The whole subject divides into three: the slow changing of our climate which appears to be a fact; the warming of the oceans which is alleged to be the reason; and the 100 per cent culpability of the human race for both.
On this third allegation I am neither defiant rebel nor obedient slave. Theologically, I am eco-agnostic. But the case for the new orthodoxy of imminent catastrophe would be a lot more persuasive if the ecomaniacs were not pushing their conviction in such an aggressive and fanatical manner.
I am in great part sceptical of the claims just because I dislike and recoil from all forms of fanaticism.
In the past 100 years our continent has been ravaged by fanatics. A fanatic is not just a convinced believer who may still be gentle and mildmannered, he is one determined to brook neither contradiction nor opposition and to persecute anyone showing these tendencies.
First came fanatical communism about a century ago. Before it died two decades ago world communism (mainly under Stalin and Mao) had murdered 100 million people in its name.
In the midst we witnessed fanatical Nazism which not only murdered 14 million in 12 years but persuaded two hitherto highly cultured nations, Germany and Austria, to convert and carry out the horrors. NOW
it seems there are four beliefs, all held by minorities, but with such dedication and passion that their adherents are effectively now in the driving seat.
Political correctness started out as a plea for greater tolerance of the different. But it has converted into a creed dedicated to its own absolute intolerance of anyone who disagrees. It has taken over and now rules great swathes of our society.
At an equal level of noargument conviction, and also a minority whose influence is out of all proportion to their numbers, are those who believe they have seen with a clarity denied to the rest of us the future of Europe and our own country and for them it is a great unified continent. Those who disagree are treated openly as mad or evil.
A portion of Islam has convinced itself that the mass murder of men, women and children will please Allah even though the Koran says exactly the opposite. Again, the fanatics are a minority but overawe and terrify the leadership of the majority.
And those one might call ecofanatics, converts to the newest of all the new religions, preach their creed with the ferocity once reserved for the Spanish Inquisition. There must be no refusal to concur. It is all scientifically proved. Or is it?
I know not much of science but two things I do know.
One is that if you wish to prove something scientifically you absolutely must not start with the destination you wish to achieve and proceed towards it accepting only those pieces of evidence that suit and rejecting everything that seems to point the other way. The second is that you must convincingly disprove all alternative explanations.
But the fanatics have not done that – at least not to my satisfaction and that of thousands of erudite scientists.
I know that of all the many branches of science none has more mysteries and “we-don’tknows” than climatology. There are millions of variants in climatology that we study but have not yet fathomed.
So is human activity 10 per cent responsible, or 20 per cent, or 50 or 100? We truly do not know. But we do know the fanatics are in control now and intend to tax us trillions of pounds to pursue their absolute conviction based on selective and maybe slanted science.